Andorra Telecom has tapped Huawei to upgrade its FTTH network, evolving it from EPON to GPON, in the process upping Internet access speeds initially to 300 Mbits/s.
The upgrade is based on the Chinese vendor’s distributed OLT MA5800. According to Huawei, the OLT supports not only high-speed GPON Internet access, but also provides a smooth evolution to NG-PON (XGS-PON, TWDM-PON) which can deliver up to 10 Gbits/s.
The upgrade will also reuse the existing Optical Distribution Network (ODN) deployment to save on CapEx. On the end user side, it utilises Huawei’s ONT and high throughput Wi-Fi router.
The new deployment is starting this month, and is due to complete around January 2018.
Andorra has one of the most fibre-intensive networks of any country in the world. It leads European fibre broadband developments by being the region’s first country to achieve 100% fibre coverage. It apparently abandoned xDSL technology in 2016.