PON Disaggregation, from SDN Abstraction to Full Virtualization. Benefits, Obstacles and Trends

Thursday, 10 June 12:30 – 14:30


Luiz Anet Neto, IMT Atlantique, France
Daniel Kilper, Univ. of Arizona, USA
Marco Ruffini, Trinity College, Ireland


Access network virtualization is an area that has recently grown in popularity, thanks to its promise to deliver a disaggregated and open architecture that can increase flexibility, minimize cost of ownership and open up the telecom market to a multitude of new vendors.

While the topic extends to a wide range of domains, including mobile and fixed networks, data centres and edge clouds, this panel session will focus on the latest developments in optical access virtualization, delving into a number of key questions around the virtualization of Passive Optical Networks (PONs).

After positioning PON virtualization within the broader context of next generation and disaggregated networks, panel members from telecoms operators, vendors and academia will discuss topics such as current and future use cases and benefits of PON virtualization; architectures and performance of virtualized PON systems; trade-offs between high-level SDN abstraction and deep PON virtualization; and roadmaps for implementing a disaggregated PON in production networks.


Aki Nakao, Tokyo Univ., Japan
Softwarization of Access Network and Sliceable PON

Kota Asaka, NTT, Japan
Use Cases and Benefits of PON Virtualization

Mike O'Hanlon, Intel, USA
Towards a Generic Access Architecture – A PON Virtualization Study

Philippe Chanclou, Orange, France
Promises of Software Defined Access Networks and PON Virtualization

Micheal Freiberger, Verizon, USA
Digital Twin: How Every Operator Should Have an Extra Access Network