Openreach Taps Viavi to Validate its Fiber Broadband Network Build

Telco will use platform for validating new construction, performing preactivation checks, and monitoring ongoing service issues.

  • Openreach

Scottsdale, Ariz.–Openreach is using the VIAVI Optical Network Monitoring System (ONMSi) to accelerate its Full Fibre broadband deployment, and enhance the quality of its build and experience for customers across the U.K.

Openreach selected ONMSi for the platform’s ability to address networks – from validating new construction, to performing preactivation checks, to monitoring ongoing service – remotely, reducing the need for costly engineering visits.

ONMSi has proven to be an efficient, reliable, and fast certification platform across the network lifecycle. Full Fibre build monitoring processes are fully centralized, and automated with Openreach OSS and Field App requirements. This solution drives actionable insights across the field and contractor labor workforce to establish a traceable, guided process that results in high-quality, error-free network build, reducing the element of risk and with robust governance and compliance processes in place.

Openreach has set a target to deliver 20 million homes passed with fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) by the mid-to-late 2020s, assuming it has the right investment conditions. The company is on track to reach 4.5 million premises by the end of March 2021.

“Having a fast, reliable broadband connection matters more than ever, so we’re proud that our network has played a crucial role in keeping the U.K. connected during the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Peter Bell, Director, Network Technology, Openreach. “We’re also convinced that our new ultra-reliable and futureproof Full Fibre network will be a major catalyst in helping the U.K. to build back better.”

Openrach has been passing 42,000 premises every week with fiber facilities.

Bell said that “VIAVI’s innovations in remote fiber testing will help us monitor and accelerate our network build whilst making sure we continue to deliver great experience for customers.”

 “VIAVI has a longstanding relationship with Openreach, whose deployment and maintenance teams are utilizing our test solutions for their existing broadband networks,” said Manuel Mato, VP of EMEA for VIAVI.Over the last two years, we are pleased to have extended our partnership with Openreach to include the ONMSi platform, which proved to deliver significant improvements in scale, speed, and quality of FTTx networks. Moving forward, the ONMSi platform has been trusted to continue to drive further efficiencies and support Openreach’s Full Fibre programme.”


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