Viavi selected by Italy's Open Fiber as FTTH testing partner

July 26, 2022
Viavi was selected as testing partner for the construction, activation and assurance of the Italian wholesale fiber provider's ambitious network rollout, which is centered on a push for 100% Gigabit penetration.

Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) recently announced that Italian wholesale fiber provider, Open Fiber, has selected a centralized optical test solution from Viavi to support its ambitious goal of delivering 100 percent ultra-broadband coverage with Gigabit speeds for the whole of Italy.

Open Fiber currently provides connectivity for 300 national and international service providers and serves 14 million Italian households. By the end of its 2022-2031 plan, the wholesale-only provider aims to cover approximately 24 million households, including unserved and underserved areas, effectively ending the digital divide between urban and rural areas within Italy.

According to information in a May 18 press release, the rollout is being financed through an investment of 15 billion euros, including a loan of 7.2 billion euros from leading Italian and international banks, and was cited as "the largest loan ever made in EMEA for telecommunications networks."

Viavi ONMSi manages fiber network compliance and troubleshooting

Building on an existing relationship with Viavi, Open Fiber has chosen to deploy the Optical Network Measurement System (ONMSi) from Viavi to help manage network compliance and troubleshooting across the lifecycle of its fiber deployments.

The ONMSi platform uses a centralized high resolution OTDR test head that enables installers in the field to remotely commission, map topologies, automate the acceptance and reporting of fiber quality, losses, and distances, all via a mobile application.

Via the platform, this process is completed segment by segment for each link from the PoP to the customer premise connection. In the event of failure, maintenance teams can isolate and triage faults remotely.

According to Viavi, "ONMSi was selected as it has proven to be an efficient, reliable, and fast fiber certification platform, which helps optimize and accelerate network processes from creation (construction) and service delivery (activation), all the way through to in-life assurance (monitoring)."

“Open Fiber is charting an ambitious path to modernize the digital infrastructure for the whole of Italy,” commented Manuel Mato, VP, EMEA, Viavi. “Our partnership enables Open Fiber to automate and accelerate their FTTH build without sacrificing quality while ensuring error-free first-time customer activation. Equally important, proactive in-life monitoring also allows Open Fiber to isolate network issues and shorten resolution and restoration times. We are proud of our role in helping Open Fiber realize a digital Italy.”

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