Nokia, Furukawa Electric LatAm, partner for optical LANs

Created August 30, 2022
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Nokia has made a strategic alliance with Furukawa Electric LatAm, the leading company in network cabling, to accelerate optical LAN deployments in Latin America. Furukawa Electric LatAm is a market leader for copper cables and optic fibre in Latin America. With this agreement, Furukawa Electric LatAm will incorporate Nokia’s optical networking equipment into its Laserway passive optical LAN solution, marketed by its partner ecosystem to the enterprise market.

Nokia says optical LANs are among the growing business services based on advanced optical fibre technologies, providing ultra-high bandwidth to support multiple high bandwidth and critical applications for multiple use cases. The company has deployed optical LAN solutions for 450+ enterprise customers across the globe, including hotel chains, manufacturers, airports, schools, healthcare providers, government and others.

Optical LANs, also known as POLs, are used in commercial buildings and campuses to provide local area network connectivity, offering significant advantages over traditional copper-based solutions. These solutions provide lower energy consumption, increased security, more scalable deployments and lower total cost of ownership.

Helio Durigan, vice president executive, Furukawa Electric LatAm said, “The partnership between Furukawa Electric LatAm and Nokia brings to our customers a state-of-the-art and innovative solution that allows great benefits in sustainability with reduction in power consumption, and at same time delivers a reliable and secure technological platform enhancing corporate governance.”

Marcelo Entreconti, Head of Enterprise for Latin America, Nokia, said, “Because of fibre’s unlimited bandwidth potential, optical LAN is the ultimate long-term solution, available at 10Gbps speeds today, but easily scalable to 25Gbps with a simple change in the optics. Nokia has deployed mission-critical networks to more than 2,200 leading enterprise customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale, and public sector segments around the globe and we’re proud to be partnering with Furukawa Electric LatAm who has a long history of working with businesses in Brazil for technology integration and validation.”

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This article was written
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.