Nokia has announced that Ogero, Lebanon’s main fixed network services provider, is among the first operators globally to commercially trial its Fixed Access Network Slicing (FANS) solution, enabling the telco to ‘create several discrete network slices over its existing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in a fully programmable way’. Once deployed, Ogero will be able to provide wholesale customers with ‘a virtual slice that looks, feels and operates just like a physical network’, the Finnish vendor’s press releases added. The FANS solution leverages Nokia’s software-defined access portfolio with its cloud-native software platform Altiplano and SDN programmable Lightspan FX OLTs.
State-owned Ogero, with 12,000km-plus of fibre infrastructure reaching over one million subscribers is trialling network slicing to maximise usage of its fibre access network and provide a virtual portion to mobile operators, Data Service Providers (DSPs) and ISPs. With Nokia’s FANS solution, Ogero can provide a slice of its fixed access network to a virtual network operator (VNO) along with full control and autonomy of the portion allocated to them. The VNOs will also be able to establish individual performance metrics for the network and services they deliver to customers. The release claims that that network slicing will ‘change the competitive landscape in Lebanon by unleashing new FTTH business opportunities for the private sector and enabling service providers to compete for subscriber value’.
Sandra Motley, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Business Group, said: ‘Virtual network slicing will become an important part of the fixed access industry going forward. Network slicing gives service providers the right capabilities to innovate while unlocking the full business potential of FTTH markets. Software-defined access networks will play a key role in revolutionising conventional network infrastructure management models; helping to simplify operations and deliver better, lower cost services than previously possible.’