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28 May 2019

BT Openreach turns to ADVA for small cell gateways

The wholesale infrastructure division of UK telco BT, Openreach, is deploying an ultra-compact cell site gateway from ADVA which it says will help MNOs to roll out small cells more easily.

The gateway claims to be the smallest in the world with a ruggedized design for challenging or space-restricted environments, so it can be housed in street furniture. It is certified to comply with MEF 3.0 specifications and supports the precise full phase synchronization that is essential to mobile 5G services. It will support Openreach’s 1Gbps Carrier Ethernet and IP offering, and together these will underpin the wholesaler’s Street Access urban small cell platform.

“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 1Gbps Street Access product as well as LTE-Advanced and 5G services,” said Mark Logan, product director at Openreach. “Despite being the smallest network terminating equipment solution on the market, the ADVA gateway provides true carrier-class capabilities including automated testing, in-service monitoring and full phase sync support.”

The ADVA FSP 150 family provides a set of protocols for service activation, testing and monitoring. With multilayer Carrier Ethernet and IP integration, service lifecycle management and phase and frequency synchronization, it aims to cover a wide range of applications with a single demarcation product. It also boasts open programming interfaces, support for bandwidth slicing, moisture resistance and extended temperature range, and power-over-Ethernet.