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FTTx Enters the Cloud Era

Report Summary:

Industry wide, telecoms players are moving to disaggregate hardware from software, adopt Software Defined Networking (SDN), leverage Open APIs, virtualization, containerization, and micro-services as well as network virtualization, automation, orchestration, with Central Office as Data Center and ‘cloudification’ of the network.
These trends apply as much to optical access networks as they do to Radio Access Networks (RAN) and core Infrastructure.
Similarly, the emergence of open-source software and white box hardware is setting the stage for a new generation of largely cloud-based and open access network equipment, although monolithic, proprietary, chassis-based equipment will continue to dominate the market for the immediate future.
This report outlines the state of the FTTx equipment market, offers insights into the current market dynamics and the coming vendor shake out. The key focus of this report is the Optical Line Termination (OLT) - the centralized controller of the PON.

Table of Contents


1. Executive Summary.

2. Background

2.1 Baseline Access Network Architecture.

2.1.1 Residential Gateway (RG)

2.1.2 Optical Network Termination/Unit (ONT/ONU).

2.1.3 Optical Line Termination (OLT)

2.1.4 Broadband Network Gateway (BNG)

2.1.5 Management.

2.2 Market Landscape

3. Emerging Architecture

4. Why Cloud-Native, Disaggregated and Open?

5. Key Building Blocks Enable the New Architecture

5.1 PON MAC Chips and Pluggables

5.2 Open-Source Software

5.2.1 Open Networking Foundation (ONF)

5.2.2 Broadband Forum (BBF)

5.2.3 SEBA/VOLTHA and CloudCO/OB-BAA - Not Direct Competitors

5.3 Open Interfaces

5.4 White-box OLT Reference Designs

5.5 “OLT-on-a-Stick”

6. Insights

6.1 VOLTHA/SEBA and ‘OLT on a Stick’ open growing OLT Market to New Entrants and change FTTH game

6.2 Will Open Standards and Cloud-Based OLTs drive low Margins and reduce R&D?

6.3 There is Open and there is ‘Open’

6.4 Vendor Selection Has Gotten Harder

6.5 Open and Disaggregated Network Elements Facilitate Automation and Orchestration

7. The Big Question – Is there room for all of the competitors entering the PON equipment market?

8. Analyst Contacts

8.1 Other Contacts


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