XL Axiata and Nokia trial wireless PON in Kota Tua

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Kota Tua, recently. Image credit: Distinctive Shots / Shutterstock.com

Nokia and XL Axiata say they have successfully deployed the first ‘wireless PON’ (WPON) service in Indonesia as part of a technology trial during a regional sporting event in the Kota Tua area of Jakarta.

The WPON service was part of a free, high-speed wireless service provided by XL Axiata to the public, local and international athletes attending the event. Nokia says the system delivered 1-Gbps aggregate broadband access speeds.

Nokia’s WPON technology combines passive optical networks (PON) with WiGig, a high-speed, 60-GHz standard also known as 802.11ad. With WPON, XL Axiata was able to extend the reach of its fiber network by connecting to WPON access points which in turn connect endpoints with wireless drops. Beamforming was used to bring gigabit connections to end users.

With the ability to connect multiple access points in a row, XL Axiata was able to bring fiber to a street corner and wirelessly extend the network whilst avoiding the costs of bringing fiber all the way to the event participants.

Following the trial of Nokia’s WPON solution, XL Axiata now plans to leverage the fixed wireless access technology to bring new ultra-broadband services to other residential areas in major Indonesian cities.

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