The iPhotonix solution simplifies the inherent complexities of the access network and eliminates the often decade long deployment decisions. Unlike the uniformity of data centers the access network varies on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. Historically, the access network provider had to make an architectural decision that best supported their geography and demographics. Then, for purchasing and logistical realities, this decision was applied throughout their serving area. This worked well in a regulated slow moving environment. Those days are long gone as facilities-based competition from incumbent as well as from new entrants such as Google Fiber and Community Broadband have made the access network a dynamic competitive battleground.
The iPhotonix virtual access network based on COTS hardware and open source software gives you flexibility to select the optimal architecture on a port-by-port basis with each port representing a strand of fiber from the central office or headend to a given service area. With iPhotonix you now have the granularity to optimize your access network based on localized customer demands, deployed facilities and economic realities. Now you can make access network architectural decisions on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. From a common platform you can offer speeds and services that meet subscriber needs today and can gracefully upgrade to meet them tomorrow. Whether you want GPON, EPON, XG – PON, RFOG or NG PON 2 iPhotonix COTS-based central office solution can be configured and reconfigured economically and simply with unforeseen granularity.
Multiple Home Networks
As variable as the outside access network is the home environment is even more challenging. Unless you’re serving a cookie cutter housing development homes can literally vary house by house. Selecting the right CPE devices has traditionally been challenging. Upfront capital spending mismatched with multi-year revenue generation, minimizing configurations to reduce OPEX and logistical challenges and rapid product obsolescence all lead to suboptimal deployments and ultimately poor customer satisfaction and increased churn.
iPhotonix offers the widest array of CPE configurations all running the same open source software and based on the leading COTS silicon architectures. Depending on each subscriber’s premise you can select the optimum model to ensure uninterrupted service quality. We support combinations of all international home networking standards including the latest Wi-Fi, HPNA, MOCA and Powerline implementations in both an outside and inside form factor. With common hardware and software platforms management is simplified across your footprint and the deployment lifecycle is extended with software-only upgrades.
Single Management Experience
Deploying an access network is a challenging process yet once deployed the challenge moves to the ongoing management of the network. With each network architecture and with each vendor the CSP must deploy and integrate a unique and proprietary management system. Additionally, the CSP must train their workforce to support each system. This often leads to deploying a single architecture across their footprint in a suboptimal fashion. Management should not be a barrier to their long term success.
iPhotonix virtual network architecture provides a single management experience across the new granular virtual access architectures regardless of the technologies deployed. Whatever the combination of technologies the operations workforce can manage all of them with a common simplified user experience and user interface (UX/UI).
For example, no longer are large workforces required just to manage a GPON or an EPON. With the iPhotonix architecture the entire footprint is managed with ubiquitous Ethernet LAN simplicity. The PON specific complexities are minimized reducing training time and configuration errors. Now, the entire access network, including CPE, looks and feels like a LAN and can be managed mostly with existing IT workforces. Using international standards including TR-069, NETCONG and YANG the traditional complexities of managing the access network are eliminated provide real simplicity and organizational velocity.
End-To-End Operational Efficiency
The iPhotonix virtual access system provides operational efficiencies from end-to-end and from order- to-bill. With the iPhotonix architecture operations, administration, management and provisioning (OAM&P) are all simplified. New services are quickly added and they can be provisioned with LAN simplicity on a subscriber-by-subscriber basis in minutes. Network maintenance and Operational Methods and Procedures (M&P) are simplified throughout the service delivery cycle.
For example, with common hardware across your footprint spares, whether in the warehouse or on the truck, are reduced in variations minimizing costly configuration mismatches and unnecessary truck rolls. Additionally, advanced network analytics can be used for an array of applications from proactive maintenance to customer care. The iPhotonix virtual access system delivers new levels of operating efficiencies across the board reducing expense and improving financial performance. No longer are separate, often confusing, M&Ps required for each access network architecture and for each vendor.
Operations, Administration, Management and Provisioning (OAM&P) starts with the CSP’s ability to take an order and ends by billing for the services. In between order-to-bill there is a wide array of methods and procedures (M&P) to configure and maintain the network. With customer churn a major concern the quality of user experience is paramount. Network outages are a fact of life and the CSPs strive to minimize downtime. As with network and service management M&Ps must be created for each architecture and for each vendor selected.
The iPhotonix virtual access network COTS-based hardware architecture and open source software requires only a single set of simple M&Ps. Common off-the-shelf servers (white boxes) and bare metal switches can be acquired from a diverse supply chain with each having common operational procedures. This greatly reduces training time and configuration errors. Similarly, with common hardware throughout the network the variety of spare devices is reduced to just a few. No longer do warehouses and trucks need to stock spares for the array of hardware devices eliminating logistics to find the required device.