CityFibre deploys SD-Access operating system across networks

CityFibre has entered into a strategic partnership with Calix to deploy a Software Defined Access (SDA) operating system (OS) across its fibre networks.

Once deployed, CityFibre will operate an open-access, Software Defined Networking (SDN) ecosystem, with the ability to support partners’ end-to-end SDN implementation.

CityFibre will be able to leverage breakthrough technologies like NG-PON2 and enable automation of manual functions across the network. They will also be able to radically reduce network operating complexity and costs while deploying future services at exceptional speed.

With the new intelligent platform and scalable access in situ wherever connections are needed, CityFibre’s networks will stimulate the onward development of advanced smart technologies for homes, businesses and cities, while catalysing the roll-outs of 5G and IoT.

“In Calix we have found a like-minded ally, an innovator that is pushing the boundaries of what is possible when intelligent software meets fibre-only infrastructure. Our partnership enables us to unleash the full power and potential of our fibre networks, creating the nation’s fastest, smartest and most accessible, digital communications platform. The ability to scale services up to 100 gigabits per second, while driving customer experience to new levels, highlights the inadequacies of connections that are passed off as fibre today. It also shows that not all full fibre networks are equal and that, as an alternative network builder, CityFibre’s commitment to the UK’s digital future goes far beyond simply putting fibre in the ground,” said Greg Mesch, chief executive of CityFibre.

“The Calix and CityFibre visions of a software defined access future are perfectly aligned. CityFibre built its network from the beginning to take advantage of all that a fibre infrastructure can enable, while we built AXOS with the intelligence to take that foundation to the next level,” said Michael Weening, Calix executive vice president of field operations. “With AXOS, CityFibre can more rapidly deliver new products, services and features to the market, further distancing itself from legacy competitive offerings that fail to enable true market differentiation. As we continue to innovate on the AXOS platform, the continued speed, agility and efficiencies we enable will allow CityFibre and its partners to change the UK’s broadband market forever.”

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine