NBN taps Nokia for next-gen broadband

Created December 7, 2022
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Australia’s NBN is to deploy Nokia’s next-generation broadband platform including its Altiplano Access Controller. NBN will be the first operator in the southern hemisphere to adopt the MF-14 OLT (pictured) following announcements by US and UK operators in October 2022. Deployment will commence in 2023.

NBN recently welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to invest an additional $2.4 billion to roll out more fibre to communities across Australia. The new investment will enable an additional 1.5 million homes and businesses currently served by Fibre to the Node (FTTN) to upgrade to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). Coupled with the additional homes and businesses connected by fibre, NBN is evolving the FTTP technology platform to enable higher speed services and has recently successfully completed lab evaluations of 25Gbps FTTP technology.

Nokia says full fibre connections will help deliver faster broadband speeds, better reliability and energy efficiency, as well as support additional data capacity for the NBN network. These upgrades will help ensure eligible customers can more effectively work from home and operate online businesses, participate in online education, engage in telehealth consultations, stream entertainment and connect with friends and family.

Stephen Rue, CEO at NBN, said, “Rapid technological advances will play a critical role in driving the economic prosperity of our nation and in enabling our transition to a smarter, digitally enabled economy. By leading the deployment of this next-generation technology, we can help meet our nation’s data demands now and into the future. Together with our network investment that is pushing fibre deeper into communities and extending fixed wireless and satellite coverage and capabilities, we are helping unlock social and economic benefits for households, businesses and communities across Australia. More than 8.5 million households and businesses are connected to services over the NBN network – this equates to approximately 20 million people relying on our network every day.”

Ricky Corker, chief customer experience officer at Nokia, said, “Nokia and NBN have been partners for more than 10 years and we’re excited to continue to support NBN in this next technological evolution, deploying more advanced and energy-efficient networking technology. Using Nokia’s advanced fibre technology coupled with our network optimization and automation capabilities, Nokia and NBN can meet customer demand for a faster, smarter, greener broadband network today and well into the future.”

For more information, visit www.nokia.com

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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.