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SDN and NFV capabilities are rising to the forefront of access technology in the form of fixed access network sharing (FANS), which will have many benefits to multiple parties.


  • The FANS concept enables the creation of virtual network operators (VNOs) in the wireline space, similar to what has been seen in the wireless industry with mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs).
  • Network slicing can also be applied within a single operator to better differentiate and manage individual services.
  • FANS is in alignment with regulatory open access requirements.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the business opportunities with FANS.
  • Assesses the ability of FANS to fulfill regulatory open access requirements.

Key questions answered

  • How can FANS provide a viable and flexible solution for funding FTTx networks?
  • What are the business opportunities with FANS for operators and vendors?
  • How can FANS help fulfill open access regulatory requirements?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • For wireline broadband access service providers
  • For wireline broadband equipment vendors
  • For wireline regulators

FTTx network builds – sharing the costs

  • Different approaches – all with limitations

Need for network sharing is intensifying

  • Nonresidential is driving much of the next-gen PON market
  • Regulations – sharing the FTTx network

SDN/NFV enable network sharing/slicing

  • Virtualization supports FANS framework

Benefits to wireline VNO environment

  • FANS creates significant opportunities
  • Business opportunities for infrastructure providers
  • Numerous benefits to network slicing for wireline VNOs
  • Regulatory requirements can more easily be met

SDN/NFV advancements in the wireline access space

  • Selected vendor developments setting the stage

The path to FANS

  • Upgrades and enhancements required for network to reach full potential


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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