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Openreach deploys ADVA’s demarcation tech for small cell roll-out


Openreach, the access infrastructure division of BT Group, is deploying ADVA’s FSP 150-GO102Pro Series to help mobile operators  roll out small cell services across the UK.

Openreach will house the edge demarcation product in street furniture access points to support its Street Access service. ADVA claims its MEF 3.0-certified FSP 150-GO102Pro is the smallest cell site gateway device on the market.

The solution will support Openreach’s 1Gbit/s Carrier Ethernet and IP services and offers the precise phase synchronisation needed for 5G mobile connectivity, ADVA says.

Mobile backhaul architecture

“The ADVA FSP 150-GO102Pro is a key tool in our drive to address urgent small cell challenges. Its design and feature set enables us to roll out the highly efficient mobile backhaul architecture we need to support our 1Gbit/s Street Access product as well as LTE Advanced and 5G services,” said Mark Logan, product director, Openreach.

He continued, “The ADVA FSP 150-GO102Pro requires no expensive air conditioning system. It also has an extremely compact form factor coupled with a design ruggedised to withstand harsh conditions, making it ideal for deployment in lampposts and street cabinets.

"And, despite being the smallest network terminating equipment solution on the market, the ADVA FSP 150-GO102Pro provides true carrier-class capabilities including automated testing, in-service monitoring and full phase sync support.”

The solution includes multi-layer Carrier Ethernet and IP integration, service lifecycle management and open programming interfaces, supporting bandwidth slicing.

Addressing soaring data

Sarah Mendham, ADVA, said, “Mobile data consumption is soaring and MNOs need to keep pace by rapidly improving capacity, reliability and availability. But with mobile broadband revenues rising more slowly, a major efficiency boost in the backhaul infrastructure is needed. Our FSP 150-GO102Pro is the way forward.”