Huawei brings it all back home for Andorra

Created March 14, 2017
Applications and Research

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.

John Williamson

John Williamson

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John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.