ADTRAN, a US-based provider of next-generation open networking solutions, has been selected as the prime project vendor in a countrywide G.fast fixed broadband access network deployment for Israeli incumbent operator Bezeq. The initial phase, involving a suite of G.fast distribution point unit (DPU) and customer premises equipment (CPE) solutions from ADTRAN’s Mosaic SD-Access portfolio, will represent ‘one of the largest ongoing G.fast deployments in the world’, a press release claims. The announcement follows a series of lab and field trials with Bezeq throughout this year, with the telco opting for ADTRAN’s commercial solutions to meet its gigabit broadband access coverage goals within a short timeframe. Ronan Kelly, regional CTO at ADTRAN, noted that the Israeli telco is ‘applying G.fast in a wide range of varied applications so that the maximum number of subscribers across the country are able to benefit without waiting for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) to arrive,’ whilst claiming that the G.fast solutions’ software-defined networking (SDN) principles will ‘make Bezeq’s network more flexible, open and ready to exploit dynamically.’ Bezeq is leveraging ADTRAN’s G.fast solutions in a variety of locations and deployment scenarios including fibre-to-the-building (FTTB), fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and both aerial and subterranean fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp). Another key consideration for Bezeq was the ability to enable increased network function automation in the future by utilising software-defined network virtualisation capabilities.