ADTRAN, a provider of networking solutions, will assume sales, customer relationship, distribution, support, manufacturing and development rights for a set of networking products currently offered by Sumitomo. Sumitomo Electric provides next-generation optical broadband access network solutions in Asia and North America.
Under the terms of the agreement, ADTRAN will take over the EPON business for North America, as well as technology license and OEM supply for North America, South America, EMEA, Australia and New Zealand. These EPON solutions will be integrated into ADTRAN’s SD-Access portfolio.
As CivSource has previously reported, ADTRAN is making a big push with broadband providers to move into a software-defined networking setup. ADTRAN has developed an open-architecture software platform for its broadband networking services that will allow providers to manage several types of broadband access technology in the field, in order to give subscribers more comprehensive broadband access. The change is designed to make the transition away from legacy systems easier and more cost-effective for network access providers.
As part of the deal with Sumitomo, ADTRAN’s SD-Access portfolio will be made available in Japan and Asia through Sumitomo. The portfolio includes the ADTRAN Mosaic cloud platform, NG-PON2 and Gfast technologies. The companies will also collaborate on future PON and SDN technology developments.
The distribution agreement adds to the ecosystem of partners and vendors ADTRAN is building around its software-defined platform. In a statement the company said it plans to position its platform to help providers as they transition to offering multi-gigabit broadband.