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Open Fiber Deploys Cisco NSO Platform for Network Automation

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Open Fiber Deploys Cisco NSO Platform for Network Automation Image Credit: Italtel

Italtel annoounced that it has completed a network automation project to automatically configure network services for Open Fiber, the wholesale-only FTTH Italian operator.

Open Fiber has chosen Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) platform to automate and simplify its massive operations and provide services in a faster and easier way through network automation. The deployment will allow it to add, modify and delete services automatically without interrupting the overall service and will guarantee real-time activations.

Italtel which is certified on Cisco NSO technology, designed Open Fiber IP Backbone and has been playing an essential role in analyzing Open Fiber's needs, designing network services and the related automation leveraging on the programmable Cisco NSO platform. The platform operates on all network layers, ranging from access to IP and Optical transport one.

The network automation has enabled automated workflows that capture the work order from the Customer Relations Manager (CRM) and activate it in a heterogeneous multi-vendor network, consisting of FTTH access, IP and Optical Transport Network.

The NSO-based network orchestration project is part of the broader network automation program which, by using Software Defined Network (SDN) and in the future NFV-MANO (Network Functions Virtualization Management and Orchestration) paradigms, defines the infrastructure of the virtualized network, which is managed by a special orchestration platform (NFVO).

Domenico Angotti, Head of Engineering, Open Fiber
Cisco's Network Orchestrator greatly supports us for the end-to-end operation of the equipment and the supervision of the activation cycles, allowing to mainly focus our effort on developing innovative customer services, thus increasing efficiency and reducing complexity and operating costs. 

Paolo Allegra, Head of Product/Solution Unit Infrastructure, Italtel
For this project, which is particularly complex due to the heterogeneity of the network, Italtel has drawn on its undisputed strength, which is the ability to make different technologies interact with each other.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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