Nokia says it is adding several new products to its FTTx portfolio that aim to give operators greater flexibility and choice to accelerate ultra-broadband deployments.
Operators are evolving their access networks to better meet consumer demands, but with vastly different challenges across their networks, a “one size fits all” approach does not always make sense. Having the flexibility to choose the right technology and deployment practice allows operators to overcome these challenges and fill coverage gaps in the network, said Federico Guillén, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Business group.
To that end, Nokia is introducing several new fiber and DSL micro-nodes covering a range of applications and use cases including:
- A weatherized fiber access micro-node that can be deployed in any outdoor location, eliminating the need to invest in the central office, cabinets or remote weather protected locations. Supporting GPON, XGS-PON and TWDM-PON, the new solution also simplifies and accelerates the operator’s fiber network evolution.
- Reverse-powered G.fast micro-nodes that can be used in areas where access to the power grid is challenging. The solution is supported by Nokia’s cloud-native software platform, Altiplano, which allows for provisioning of the access node even when its powered down.
- 212-MHz G.fast micro-nodes capable of supporting up to symmetrical 1-Gbps speeds aggregate over a single copper pair or coax cable. With 212 MHz G.fast, operators can extend gigabit speeds into multiple dwelling units (MDU) without installing fiber cable.
- DSL nodes that provide operators with extensive copper networks with a CTTx (copper-to-the-x) option capable of delivering 200 Mbps up to a kilometer away using bonded DSL pairs in the uplink, extending ultra-broadband access into areas where fiber may not be practical.
Operators can also leverage fiber and DSL remote nodes including the Lightspan SX-16F, DX-16F and CF-24 announced under Nokia’s Lightspan portfolio which leverage SDN/NFV to automate network configuration management, accessibility, serviceability and turn-up time.
“The ability to support a wide range of use cases in a cost-effective manner is key for operators seeking to bring ultra-broadband to more people sooner,” said Roland Montagne, principal analyst at IDATE. “Nokia already has an extensive portfolio of fixed access technologies and these new FTTx solutions will further enhance the toolkit, providing operators with the additional technology options they need to accelerate ultra-broadband access and meet objectives in a competitive manner.”