Open Fiber taps Nokia for rural broadband network

Created January 29, 2019
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Italian wholesale broadband provider Open Fiber, has selected Nokia for a FTTH rollout that will bring ultra-broadband services to the small towns and rural areas of Italy. The Open Fiber network will bring optical fibre from a point of presence to the customer’s home and deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps. In line with the founding principles of the Gigabit Society, the new fibre deployment provides Open Fiber with a future-proof network that can support next generation fibre technologies.

While drawing up its ultra-broadband strategy in 2015, the Italian government identified four types of clusters (A, B, C and D) in the country: where each municipality was assigned to one cluster based on factors including lower or higher housing density, presence of broadband coverage and market size. Nokia has been selected as the sole supplier for clusters C and D (white areas) and will deliver products, services and software needed to plan, design, deploy and support the end-to-end active network infrastructure based on GPON technologies

Stefano Paggi, network and operations director at Open Fiber (pictured), said, “With Nokia’s solutions we will be able to offer services at 10Gbps and in the future at 40 Gbps on the access network. We will also have the opportunity to adopt the Software Defined Access Networking (SDAM) paradigm and therefore to maximize the potential of a new generation access network, with high automation, programmable and integrated with cloud environments.

The Nokia solution includes 7360 ISAM FX-16 and FX-4 platforms, 7362 DF – 16GW, 7368 ISAM ONTs and the 5520 AMS Element Manager. The Nokia 7360 FX platform already supports new technology such as XGS-PON, NG-PON2 and will evolve towards a transformation into SDAN, in line with the aims and needs of Open Fiber to build a network that will be open to provide access to other operators. Nokia will also offer its professional services and customer engineering experience to fulfil solution validation and integration, installation and commissioning, on-site support, solution training and project management.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.