Viavi Solutions has announced that Italian wholesale fibre provider, Open Fibre, has selected a centralised optical test solution from Viavi to support its ambitious goal of delivering 100 per cent ultra-broadband coverage with Gigabit speeds for the whole of Italy. Open Fibre currently provides connectivity for 300 national and international service providers and serves 14 million Italian households. By the end of its 2022-2031 plan, the wholesale-only provider aims to cover approximately 24 million households, including unserved and underserved areas, effectively ending the digital divide between urban and rural areas within Italy.

Building on an existing relationship with Viavi, Open Fibre has chosen to deploy optical network measurement system (ONMSi) from Viavi to help manage network compliance and troubleshooting across the lifecycle of its fibre deployments. The ONMSi solution uses a centralised high resolution OTDR test head that enables installers in the field to remotely commission, map topologies, automate the acceptance and reporting of fibre quality, losses, and distances, all via a mobile application. This is done segment by segment for each link from the point-of-presence (PoP) to the customer premise connection. In the event of failure, maintenance teams can isolate and triage faults remotely. ONMSi was selected as it has proven to be an efficient, reliable, and fast fibre certification platform, which helps optimise and accelerate network processes from creation (construction) and service delivery (activation), all the way through to in-life assurance (monitoring).

Commenting on the development, Manuel Mato, vice president, EMEA, Viavi, said, “Open Fibre is charting an ambitious path to modernise the digital infrastructure for the whole of Italy. Our partnership enables Open Fibre to automate and accelerate their fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) build without sacrificing quality while ensuring error-free first-time customer activation. Equally important, proactive in-life monitoring also allows Open Fibre to isolate network issues and shorten resolution and restoration times. We are proud of our role in helping Open Fibre realise a digital Italy.”