Nokia, Google Fibre first with U.S. 50G PON trial

Created July 9, 2024
Technologies and Products

Nokia says that GFiber Labs has successfully tested 50Gbps broadband speeds over its existing fibre network. The company says this is the first live network demonstration of 50G PON technology in the US and shows how operators can easily use Nokia’s Lightspan MF fibre access platform to upgrade their fibre networks to meet the growing demand for faster, more reliable connectivity. The trial builds on the 25G PON deployment GFiber Labs announced with Nokia last year and demonstrates how different PON technologies can be combined on the same fibre to evolve their broadband offerings.

With Nokia’s Lightspan fibre access platform, operators can choose a PON solution that best meets a specific use case or business need. Leveraging Nokia’s fibre solution, Google Fibre was able to simultaneously run 10/25G PON along with 25/50G PON broadband service over its fibre network. This showcased the network flexibility and scalability it can deliver to keep pace with the growing demand for multi-gigabit services in the future.

Liz Hsu, senior director, Product & Billing, at Google Fibre, said, “We are always looking for ways to push the capabilities of our fibre network to deliver the best possible experience to our customers. This test with Nokia builds on the 25G PON deployment we announced together last year, paving the way for future improvements to our network that enhance customer experience in terms of speed, reliability, innovation and support for future business cases that have yet to be defined.”

Geert Heyninck, vice president of Broadband Networks at Nokia, said, “Service providers need to be able to select the right technology, based on their needs and business case. It is why we already offer 10G and 25G today, are trialling 50G, and developing 100G – ultimately leading to a full range of PON technologies that can be mixed and matched on the same platform and the same fibre. Our expansive toolkit of fibre solutions allows Google Fibre to future-proof their network and flexibly address their evolving network demands.”

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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.