MENLO PARK, Calif. Dec.1, 2021 -- Netsia Inc. (Netsia) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) today announced their latest carrier deployment of software defined networking with Türk Telekom, Turkey’s world-class, first and largest integrated telecom operator. With Netsia Broadband Suite (Netsia BB Suite) implementation, the ONF, Türk Telekom and Netsia are continuing to expand a disaggregated fixed broadband access network based on the SDN-Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) reference architecture throughout Turkey.
The open disaggregated SEBA architecture lets operators choose components from different vendors, giving them choice and flexibility over the lifetime of the deployment. This results in significant savings, added flexibility, avoidance of lock-in and a better overall experience for the customer.
Netsia, a Türk Telekom company and one of the key contributors to ONF’s SEBA/VOLTHA platform, offers its BB Suite with carrier grade capabilities. BB Suite is a telco-grade solution for broadband access that is being rolled out by Türk Telekom that will extend to a million households across Turkey. Netsia’s field-proven access technology comes with end-to-end life cycle management of access network devices. It enables multi-vendor rollout of fixed access network capabilities, and through software defined network capabilities it allows services to be deployed, capacities to be allocated/reallocated and problems to be addressed rapidly.
After 18 months of small-scale production network trials, Netsia is now operating Türk Telekom’s virtual broadband access network as a new platform with full backend integration, including OSS/BSS. In addition to impressive download speeds, the network features support for multimedia services - which the pandemic has shown us are critical for several use cases such as remote education and work from home. Furthermore, by the virtualization technology, Türk Telekom has prepared its fiber infrastructure for the upcoming requirements of 5G networks.
This announcement represents another major milestone for the commercialization of ONF’s SEBA and VOLTHA, ensuring that operators are now empowered with a choice of robust and scalable solutions for deploying open disaggregated broadband PON solutions.
“I am excited to see Türk Telekom expand its commercial software defined access network with SEBA architected Netsia Broadband Suite, to support a million households while benefiting from lowered operational cost and complexity as exemplified by SEBA. We congratulate Türk Telekom and Netsia as they have strived for excellence throughout the project and truly delivered on the promise of a next-generation broadband access network.”
Guru Parulkar, Executive Director for the ONF
“Today, Türk Telekom became a technology developer instead of being just a consumer by its subsidiaries. With Netsia and the ONF ecosystem, we have developed a new platform called SEBA, which adds intelligence to Türk Telekom access network and virtualizes it. At a time when capacity and speed is paramount for subscribers, SEBA technology will play a key role in the fiber infrastructures for Turk Telekom and other operators globally. At Turk Telekom, we wanted to commercially use SEBA because it lets us shorten time to market of new services and avoid vendor lock-in, and because of this, we encouraged and guided Netsia towards this goal. Expanding Netsia BB Suite for one million households is just a humble milestone in our vision for the future. The project has improved the user experience for learning, work and entertainment, benefiting thousands of customers in their day-to-day lives.”
Yusuf Kıraç, CTO at Türk Telekom
“We are proud to be a part of this very exciting time as we collectively open long-shut doors in the PON access network to innovation and collaboration with the use of open source. As an active player in the open access network community, we are proud to present our Broadband Suite, ONF SEBA architecture based, carrier grade, disaggregated, virtualized broadband management solution. We would like to thank ONF for bringing the community together and leading the change, and to Turk Telekom for sharing the same vision and trusting us in such a critical component of their access network.”
Bülent Kaytaz, CEO at Netsia
About the Open Networking Foundation
The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is an operator-led consortium spearheading disruptive network transformation. Now the recognized leader for open source solutions for operators, the ONF first launched in 2011 as the standard bearer for Software Defined Networking (SDN). Led by its operator partners AT&T, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Google, NTT Group and Türk Telekom, the ONF is driving vast transformation across the operator space. For further information visit https://onfstaging1.opennetworking.org
Netsia, a US subsidiary of Argela/Turk Telekom, is based in Sunnyvale in the heart of Silicon Valley. With key architects, engineers and product people, Netsia is developing leading edge solutions for the telecom industry with development and implementation support from Argela. Netsia is in active participation with open source communities and standards bodies and provides enriched, telco-grade, and supported distributions of the open source platforms in a continuous manner. Netsia Broadband Suite is an example of such distributions, based on the ONF SEBA Open Source Platform. Netsia has a high caliber team of engineers, which have been working on SDN, ONOS project, CORD and SEBA projects for more than ten years. For more information visit https://www.netsia.com
About Türk Telekom Group
Türk Telekom, with 180 years of history, is the first integrated telecommunications operator in Turkey. In 2015, Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş. adopted a “customer-oriented” and integrated structure in order to respond to the rapidly changing communication and technology needs of customers in the most powerful and accurate way, while maintaining the legal entities of TT Mobil İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. and TTNET A.Ş. intact and adhering to the rules and regulations to which they are subject. Having a wide service network and product range in the fields of individual and corporate services, Türk Telekom unified its mobile, internet, phone and TV products and services under the single “Türk Telekom” brand as of January 2016.
“Turkey’s Multiplay Provider” Türk Telekom has 16.7 million fixed access lines, 14.1 million broadband, 3.0 million TV and 23.9 million mobile subscribers as of September 30, 2021. Türk Telekom Group Companies provide services in all 81 cities of Turkey with 34,619 employees with the vision of introducing new technologies to Turkey and accelerating Turkey’s transformation into an information society.
By having 353K km fiber infrastructure on field, Türk Telekom holds the leader operator position at fiber in Turkey.
Türk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş., providing PSTN and wholesale broadband services, directly owns 100% of mobile operator TT Mobil İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş., retail internet services, IPTV, satellite TV, Web TV, Mobile TV, Smart TV services provider TTNET A.Ş., convergence technologies company Argela Yazılım ve Bilişim Teknolojileri A.Ş., IT solution provider Innova Bilişim Çözümleri A.Ş., online education software company Sebit Eğitim ve Bilgi Teknolojileri A.Ş., call center company AssisTT Rehberlik ve Müşteri Hizmetleri A.Ş., project development and corporate venture capital company TT Ventures Proje Geliştirme A.Ş, Electric Supply and Sales Company TTES Elektrik Tedarik Satış A.Ş., wholesale data and capacity service provider TT International Telekomünikasyon Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi and provider of combined facilities support activities TT Destek Hizmetleri A.Ş and indirectly owns 100% of subsidiaries of TT Holding BV, TV Broadcasting and VOD services provider Net Ekran Companies, telecommunications devices sales company TT Satış ve Dağıtım Hizmetleri A.Ş and payment services company TT Ödeme ve Elektronik Para Hizmetleri A.Ş., counseling services company 11818 Rehberlik ve Müşteri Hizmetleri A.Ş. and web portal and computer programming company APPYAP Teknoloji ve Bilişim A.Ş.