Iskratel drives software-enabled broadband access with new ONF collaboration

Kranj, Slovenia, 13 March 2019 – As part of its ongoing work to enable seamless network upgrades to virtualised, cloud-based and Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter® (CORD®)-compatible infrastructures, Iskratel today announced it has joined the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), an operator led consortium spearheading disruptive network transformation, as an ONF Collaborator.

As one of Europe’s leading providers of communications solutions for the digital transformation, Iskratel’s collaboration in the ONF follows its development of the world’s first “dual-nature” xPON Optical line Terminal (OLT). This transforms its hardware-based SI3000 Lumia GPON OLT into a fully virtualised, CORD®-compatible OLT, via a simple software upgrade. The dual-nature OLT operates as a traditional integrated OLT but also provides a disaggregated white-box solution, based on virtual OLT Hardware Abstraction (vOLTHA) principles.

For operators looking to deploy open source software-enabled broadband solutions – including ONF members – Iskratel’s offering eliminates the need for hardware upgrades when virtualising the central office and easing cloudification of the edge. As a result, networks can be seamlessly and cost-effectively upgraded to virtualised, cloud-based infrastructures.


“We are exceptionally proud to be the first solutions provider which can create a traditional hardware architecture with embedded software, while also supporting software-enabled broadband on that exact same hardware,” said Janez Öri, Director Strategy and Business Development at Iskratel. “This means that operators can take their existing hardware-based OLTs and make them work in an open, CORD®-based environment – enabling them to skip an entire hardware investment cycle, granting considerable savings and providing them with a solution which gives them flexibility for the future.”


Iskratel will contribute to ONF’s initiative which is led by some of the world’s largest operators. The group aims to drive transformation of network infrastructure and carrier businesses models.

Iskratel’s move follows its collaboration with ONF at Broadband World Forum 2018, where it held the first ever live demo of its OLT in CORD® mode at the ONF’s booth.

“As part of our collaboration with the ONF, we hope to be able to work hand-in-hand with some of the world’s leading operators to provide them with an innovative, open and programmable, proven solution which can transform their networks towards software-defined, next-generation access,” Janez added.

Iskratel is showcasing its new GPON and XGS-PON OLTs, alongside its comprehensive portfolio of next-generation broadband solutions at FTTH Conference 2019 – Booth S08 – in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, until Thursday, March 14.

A video interview with Janez Öri, Director Strategy and Business Development at Iskratel, discussing Iskatel’s new CORD®-compatible OLT can be found here:

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About Iskratel
With more than 70 years of experience, Iskratel is the leading European provider of communications solutions for the digital transformation of the telecommunications, transport, public safety, and energy industries. With its own R&D and manufacturing centres, over 900 employees, and a global footprint in more than 50 countries, Iskratel combines experience and expertise with creativity and innovation. Our focus is on creating cutting-edge, integrated solutions for telecommunications operators, service providers and the digitalisation of industry verticals. Iskratel’s extensive know-how facilitates easy migration to next-generation networks and the introduction of SDN- and NFV-based solutions – making telco cloud a reality. For more information, please visit and follow Iskratel company profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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