ADTRAN Pushes Ahead On Software Defined Broadband Networking


Huntsville, Alabama-based ADTRAN, a provider of broadband networking solutions is partnering with CenturyLink to deploy a field trial of ADTRAN’s virtualized OTL 10G-PON solution. The partnership is the first US-based deployment of a software defined network for broadband. ADTRAN’s software defined networking platform is called Mosaic.

With Mosaic, ADTRAN has developed an open-architecture software platform for its broadband networking services that will allow providers like CenturyLink to manage several types of broadband access technology in the field, in order to give subscribers more comprehensive broadband access.

“The move to an open, programmable and scalable access network will facilitate CenturyLink’s service agility and support faster deployment of services and applications for our customers,” said Aamir Hussain, CenturyLink executive vice president and chief technology officer. “This solution will enable us to reduce operating costs through the economies of data center architectures and automate our networks as we look to offer 10G services and beyond.”

In addition to the CenturyLink partnership, ADTRAN rolled out some addititional feature sets to its software platform. The Mosaic Subscriber Management Suite is available as part of ADTRAN’s service portfolio and is designed to establish and manage subscriber sessions, serving as the entry point to the access network from the ISP or network provider edge. This software suite addresses the broadband access subscriber management feature sets that have historically been served by large monolithic broadband network gateway (BNG) routers.

The company also launched ADTRAN SD-Access Accelerator, a testing environment for broadband providers. The accelerator provides a place for trial and testing of software defined networking before carriers roll it out to their systems. ADTRAN Professional Services is offering systems integration support for carriers through the Accelerator.