Amongst world’s first to launch a
programmable, open, disaggregated solution for FTTx
Santa Clara, USA – September 12, 2019: Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) [BSE: 532374, NSE: STRTECH],a global data network solutions company, today unveiled its programmable FTTx (pFTTx) solution for fiber-based access connectivity at ONF (Open Networking Foundation) Connect 2019 held at Santa Clara, California.
With the pFTTx announcement, STL becomes one of very few companies in the world to have a softwaredefined network (SDN) solution for access connectivity. Built on ONF’s open reference design called SEBA
(Software-defined networks Enabled Broadband Access), STL has developed the pFTTx solution in
partnership with ONF, other open communities, and open network hardware partner Edgecore Networks.
Programmability makes SDNs the future of networking. By enabling programmability at the core of the
network and decoupling white-box hardware from software, SDNs bring more flexibility, cost efficiency and
service excellence to data networks. In an industry weighed by legacy monolithic systems and
infrastructure, and long periods of vendor lock-in, STL is driving break-through disruption with
programmable, open networks.
Announcing the pFTTx solution at the conference, Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ONF, said “STL’s
disruptive pFTTx comes at a time when communication service providers will greatly benefit from agility,
faster time to market, lower cost and enhanced customer experience.” He added, “We are delighted to
have STL as an active member of the open-source community, productizing and commercializing open
platforms such as VOLTHA (Virtual OLT Hardware Abstraction), ONOS (Open Network Operating System)
“We are excited to partner with STL and the community. Software-defined solutions such as pFTTx will
reduce hardware and software costs with open network hardware at the edge, providing greater agility for
innovation, and free providers from vendor lock-in,” said George Tchaparian, President and CEO, Edgecore
“At its core, STL’s pFTTx is built on disruptive SDN and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies.
It will convert existing FTTx networks to programmable FTTx, thereby providing radical flexibility to service
providers’ business models,” said Ayush Sharma, Head of Programmable Networking and Intelligence,
The hyper-scale networks of tomorrow are unlike the traditional ones. They are denser, deeply fiberized
and software-defined with computing at the edge. STL is the only company in the world to have unique
capabilities across all layers of the network: From photonics and material science-based precision manufacturing to algorithmic design of the last mile, ultra-fast infrastructure deployment, AI/analytics and
programmable networks. This strategically positions STL to lead network disruption.
About STL - Sterlite Technologies Ltd:
STL is a global leader in end-to-end data network solutions.
We design and deploy high-capacity converged fibre and wireless networks. With expertise ranging from optical fibre and cables, hyper-scale network design, and deployment and network software, we are the industry's leading integrated solutions provider for global data networks. We partner with global telecom companies, cloud companies, citizen networks and large enterprises to design, build and manage such cloud-native software-defined networks.
STL has innovation at its core. With intense focus on end-to-end network solutions development, we conduct fundamental research in next-generation network applications at our Centres of Excellence. STL has strong global presence with next-gen optical preform, fibre and cable manufacturing facilities in India, Italy, China and Brazil and two software-development centres.