With experience in optical connectivity for more than 25 years, STL is bringing software-defined networking to largescale fibre to the home, cell sites and business networks through pFTTx. The Company recently announced general availability for pFTTx, a software-defined, open, and disaggregated Passive Optical Network (“PON”) solution that is intended to make fibre networks intelligent and agile. pFTTx offers core benefits like scalability, enhanced and detailed Telemetry reports, open community alignment (ONF/BBF/ITU-T), onboarding of third party Quality of Experience (QoE) applications, providing a better customer experience along with faster time-tomarket and reduced total cost of ownership. This software stack, being cloud-native (Kubernetes microservices-based), can run on any Cloud-native Computing Foundation (CNCF)-based telco Edge Cloud platform. The solution currently supports both XGS-PON and GPON technologies and is upgradeable to 25G. Also, STL’s pFTTx solution is certified and listed on the VMware Marketplace.
The UK is in a phase of rolling out advanced full-fibre broadband and new-age players such as Netomnia are taking this intent forward. STL and Netomnia have recently partnered for Optical Fibre deployment and are now collaborating to incorporate programmability into large-scale FTTx networks. Once concluded, this trial will pave the way for the adoption of advanced software-defined architectures for FTTx in the UK.