UTStarcom Unveils Centralized Layer 3 Solution to Drive Its SDN Portfolio


UTStarcom, a global telecommunications infrastructure provider, has unveiled its new Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling that implements L3 VPN service over Packet Optical Transport network, which is an integral part of its Software-defined Open Optical (“SOOTM”) network solution introduced earlier this year.

Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies help telecom operators to create much more agile networks with advanced automation features and extended set of services, which enables them to respond faster to evolving market demands and optimize their capital and operating expenses.


The newly launched Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling is the latest demonstration of UTStarcom’s “simple Network, Simple Operation” philosophy and further demonstrates its efforts to strengthen its Packet Optical Transport and SDN/NFV portfolio.

The solution is integrated with the centralized SDN Controller SOOTM Station that provides Network-on-Demand (NoD) and automation functionality and SOOTM Sub Controller that serves as a L3 NFV Controller and interfaces with UTStarcom’s advanced NetRing TN700 Series of Packet Optical Transport network.

It is released together with the new version of UTStarcom’s SDN Controller SOOTM Station that delivers a number of L3 features like L3 routing over L2 transport, IPv4/v6 support, and most importantly introduces the support of Layer 3 Virtual Private Network (L3 VPN) service over Packet Optical Transport network. The Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling is essential for the targeted customers with the needs of next generation mobile backhaul, IoT and other applications.

The Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling builds on the benefits that UTStarcom’s SDN/NFV-enabled network infrastructure offers, including:
•Extended range of Layer 3 services that were not previously available on Layer 2 networks
•CAPEX and OPEX savings
•Ease of implementation, no changes to the underlying physical network. Powerful integrated L2 to L3VPN bridging facilitating smooth migration of existing PTN networks to L3 support
•Flexibility with support of both IPv4/v6
•Simple L3 network planning

“We continue to expand SOOTM SDN product lines demonstrating our ability to be a leading provider of advanced efficient and reliable broadband infrastructure solutions,” said William Wong, UTStarcom’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are seeing growing demand from the market and have an aggressive plan to further develop our Layer3 solution with SDN/NFV enabling by incorporating new features that are desirable to carriers and will continue to deliver innovative solutions to the market with the major focus on various automation features that are going to bring many advantages to network operators.”