Openreach deploys Viavi automated testing solution

Openreach and Viavi Solutions are collaborating to automate testing the quality and speed of the Openreach’s full fibre network using Fusion, a virtual performance monitoring system.

Fusion will show near real-time views of the speeds that end users can achieve. This will be the first time that proactive network testing of end user speeds has been deployed in fibre access networks across the UK independent of the customers internet connection.

Viavi Fusion incorporates both hardware and software, which will be used to rapidly isolate and troubleshoot faults on the network. Diagnostics will be automated for any issues as they’re raised by Openreach’s Communications Provider (CPs) customers.

Trevor Linney, network technology director at Openreach, said, “It’s crucial that we continue to meet our already strong service performance by identifying and preventing faults before customers report them. The deployment of Viavi’s automate testing solution is one part of the overarching technical innovative solutions we’ve adapted to help determine potential issues we detect on our network in near real-time or when a request comes through from our CP customers.”

Daniel Black, director for the UK and Nordics at Viavi, added, “The automation of testing across [the Openreach] network represents one such improvement. It will enable Openreach to be faster and more efficient with fault isolation, to the benefit of CPs, businesses and consumers. And they’ll be able to reduce the number of truck rolls and site visits they perform, as they’ll have access to better intelligence remotely. We’re proud to play our part in this network evolution and we appreciate our positive, ongoing relationship with Openreach.”

VIAVI has a longstanding relationship with Openreach and in March 2021, Openreach confirmed that it was using the Viavi Optical Network Monitoring System (ONMSi) for remote testing of its network.

Openreach is on track to reach 25 million premises by December 2026 with current footprint of 6.5 million homes and businesses, including 2 million in rural areas across the UK.

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