Launch of open source MSAN

11. February 2016

MWC16 OrcaX demonstration combines KEYMILE open access hardware with Canonical Ubuntu

KEYMILE and Canonical have joined forces to demonstrate their revolutionary cloud-based open-access vision. This bold move will eliminate the last network demarcation obstacle to a fully open, virtualized, software-defined, cloud-based network infrastructure. OrcaX is a world first and set to transform multi-service access network (MSAN) elements by fusing them into the cloud network revolution in the most significant recent ICT paradigm shift. KEYMILE is the leading global provider of mission-critical communications and broadband access. Canonical is the leader in cloud-enabled and IoT software technologies and the company behind the cloud and IoT operating system Ubuntu.

During MWC16 (22–25 February 2016, Barcelona, Spain), KEYMILE will demonstrate its vision of open resource cloud access (OrcaX) using its new 1HU open hardware design running Canonical Snappy Ubuntu Core. The live OrcaX demonstration will showcase the tremendous benefits of scale and cost efficiency that can be achieved for VDSL and FTTH access deployments.

Axel Föry, chief executive officer of KEYMILE, said, “We are delighted to team up with Canonical. This collaboration will enable us to deliver our vision of network access at cloud speed, which means provisioning in seconds rather than weeks or months, much more quickly. The Canonical– KEYMILE collaboration promises to unleash dramatic capital and operating expenditure savings for operators. Our aim is to deliver app-enabled current and future user services in record time while enabling new revenue streams associated with open resource innovation.”

The exponential growth of ICT networks is putting greater pressure on access networks. These challenges reflect an explosive increase in bandwidth demand and latency and delay variation requirements for better user experience and interactivity. The increase in over-the-top services and the forecast hyper-growth of connected devices in the Internet of Things is bound to accelerate this trend.

Maarten Ectors, Vice President IoT, Next-Generation Networking and Proximity Cloud at Canonical, added, “The collaboration with KEYMILE is a game changer. Open sourcing MSANs will help telecom operators dramatically reduce their costs. App-enabling them will bring innovation, ease of management and even new revenue opportunities. This can be the first MSAN that generates money for operators.”

KEYMILE’s OrcaX architecture includes orchestration and seamless interworking between customer-premises equipment, MSAN, aggregation switching, application servers and storage devices. It will include an app store infrastructure that triggers end-to-end service provisioning initiated directly by customers. This no-intervention, automatic, on-the-fly provisioning would even be able to switch on cloud server application software, activating computation, networking and data storage resources in the process.

Dr. Wolfgang Spahn, chief technology officer of KEYMILE, said, “The partnership with Canonical was critical to the execution of our OrcaX vision because Ubuntu is the leading scalable cloud and next-generation networking operating system. The popularity of Ubuntu for cloud networks is based on its exceptional performance and stability, and policy of regular free updates. Canonical enabling software, with its extensive cloud footprint, creates tremendous momentum in the realization of KEYMILE’s open-access hardware and OrcaX vision.”

You can’t afford to miss KEYMILE–Canonical’s revolutionary OrcaX demonstration at MWC16, Canonical booth3J30 in Hall 3.

Learn more about OrcaX.


KEYMILE is a leading supplier of telecommunications solutions with key facilities in Germany and Switzerland. KEYMILE supports public network operators with products and services for providing top bandwidth to subscribers and for implementing a value-generating open source broadband architecture. The company has subsidiaries and partners worldwide and has installed systems in more than 100 countries.

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About Canonical

Canonical is the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu project and the leading provider of support services for Ubuntu deployments in the enterprise. Ubuntu is a free, open-source platform for client, server, cloud computing and Internet of Things. Since its launch in 2004, it has become a natural choice for users of all kinds, from Fortune 500 companies to hardware makers, content providers, software developers and  individual technologists. With developers, support staff and engineering centres all over the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to help its partners and enterprise customers make the most of Ubuntu. Canonical is a privately held company.

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