CityFibre has entered into a strategic partnership with Calix to deploy a Software Defined Access (SDA) operating system (OS) across its fibre networks.
The implementation of Calix’s AXOS platform sees CityFibre emerge as as an 'advanced-intelligence wholesale infrastructure company', claimed the firm, capable of delivering parallel 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) connections to every home and business, with further potential for speeds of up to 100 Gbps.
Once deployed, CityFibre said it will operate a truly open-access, Software Defined Networking (SDN) ecosystem with the ability to support partners’ end-to-end SDN implementation.
Its carrier, mobile operator and ISP customers will gain direct access to new levels of programmability, network intelligence and automation – akin to owning the network, but without the upfront capital risk, said CityFibre.
"The ability to scale services up to 100 gigabits per second, while driving customer experience to new levels, highlights the inadequacies of connections that are passed off as fibre today," said Greg Mesch, chief executive of CityFibre.
"It also shows that not all full fibre networks are equal and that, as an alternative network builder, CityFibre’s commitment to the UK’s digital future goes far beyond simply putting fibre in the ground."