Germany's M-net taps Adtran for gigabit fiber extension network build

June 2, 2020
M-net is employing Adtran’s second-generation Gfast technology to rapidly expand its fiber broadband network coverage by leveraging the existing wiring throughout the buildings within its footprint.

Adtran, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) announced that Germany's M-net (Munich) selected the Adtran Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) portfolio, specifically for its fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) products and the company's Mosaic Cloud Platform, to help accelerate the introduction of gigabit services to its residential and business customers.

M-net is employing Adtran’s second-generation Gfast technology to rapidly expand its fiber broadband network coverage by leveraging the existing wiring throughout the buildings within its footprint. Known as one of the leading fiber-optic operators in Germany, M-net selected Adtran’s Gigabit Gfast fiber extension system and the Mosaic Cloud platform for supporting both current and future deployment scenarios needed by the operator.

“M-net’s goal is to extend our fiber network into every connected apartment and office via FTTH over time,” said Dr. Hermann Rodler, M-net's chief technology officer. "The new generation of Gfast is a solution that immediately enables us to provide our customers with gigabit services via the existing FTTB infrastructure – a solution significantly more reliable, more robust against interference and much more efficient in the carbon footprint than alternative technologies in the market."

Adtran notes that its second-generation Amendment 3 Gfast systems range from single-port units to 48-port systems with flexible powering options in both indoor and sealed outdoor housing variants, complemented by respective CPE offerings. Adtran’s Gfast products are seamlessly integrated into its Mosaic Cloud Platform, featuring a service orchestration architecture that provides a complete suite of network management functions as well as Software-Defined Network (SDN) control for the entire access network of Adtran and third-party devices.

Adtran says its Mosaic platform includes PMAA functionality, a comprehensive GUI and open standards-based Northbound interfaces for quick and easy integration into M-net's OSS/IT systems today, and for any future devices added to the network over time. M-net offers high-performance triple play services to its residential customers and an extended portfolio of networking and data center services to business customers. The operator's service area includes large parts of Bavaria, the greater Ulm area, and the Main-Kinzig district in Hesse.

“Adtran is a trusted partner for M-net that has proven its ability to support large scale network roll-outs," continued M-net's Rodler. "They were an early advocate for Gfast technology and have done a world-class job in taking the technology from the standard bodies, through lab trials, and into a carrier-grade solution that is ideal for our network plans. By going live with Mosaic, we are pleased to achieve the first milestone in our transformation project as we become a fully automated network operation.”

M-net is known as a pioneer in the use of future-proof fiber-optic technology and was awarded "best local provider" in Germany four times in a row in the renowned Connect fixed network test, and "most innovative network operator" by an influential German business journal.

“The push for gigabit services is being fueled by competition and championed by regulatory agencies around the world,” said Dr. Eduard Scheiterer, Managing Director, Adtran GmbH. "Together this drives the need to bring fiber deeper into the network and closer to the end user. In scenarios where fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment architectures are not pragmatic, broadband access innovation is required. With its broad gigabit Gfast portfolio, Adtran is well-positioned to capitalize on this market opportunity as operators worldwide look to expand the range and reach of gigabit services to any customer over any network infrastructure.”

To learn more aboutAdtran fiber extension portfolio, visit: https://www.adtran.com/gfast.

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