Nokia Launches Multivendor ONU Connect for PON Interoperability

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ESPOO, FINLAND — Nokia launched Multivendor ONU Connect, a fully open, virtualized solution that enables operators to connect any optical network unit (ONU), regardless of vendor, to a Nokia optical line terminal (OLT). The solution provides a "driver" like approach to how operators deploy and manage their ONUs and enables plug-and-play functionality that can significantly reduce onboarding time and costs.

Multi-vendor Interoperability
Multi-vendor interoperability is a critical necessity for operators, but those seeking to introduce a new ONU into their network environment are currently challenged by the testing time and costs to ensure interoperability. This is largely due to the unique ONU management control interface (OMCI) implementation found in each ONU: it takes approximately three to six months to introduce a new ONU, increasing testing costs by more than 50 percent.

With Nokia's Multivendor ONU Connect, one of the biggest and costliest headaches for fixed network operators disappears. Operators can eliminate integration efforts, management complexity and PON interoperability challenges that impact their ability to scale and deliver innovative new services in a multi-vendor environment.

Putting Management in the Cloud
Part of Nokia's Altiplano open programmable framework, the solution decouples software typically binding the ONU to the OLT and puts the management in the cloud. This allows the ONU management to be virtualized and have multiple versions running in parallel. Using an open API framework enables third party stacks to be onboarded quickly, providing added flexibility around the equipment and supply chain partners that can be used. Operators can also easily manage updates required on existing ONUs or quickly introduce new ONUs into the network with simple software upgrades.

"Nokia's Multivendor ONU Connect brings operators the true benefits of SDN and NFV," said Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at Ovum. "It enables operators to onboard multi-vendor ONUs quickly, providing their subscribers with best in class CPEs for supporting new services while significantly reducing testing and resource costs. While several operators share their respective OMCIs, Nokia's Multivendor ONU Connect streamlines interoperability by virtualizing ONU management. Furthermore, operators can easily manage existing ONUs and their updates, along with new ONUs, solving numerous operational challenges."

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