Fiber added for Nokia optical network services in the United States
In a major advancement of its services for the US market, communications technology provider Nokia introduced its first 100 Gbps fiber optic broadband technology in the country, while service provider Metronet deploys its next-generation Passive Optical Network (PON) to deliver 10Gbps speeds to subscribers. with an upgrade path to 25G.
The 100 Gbps fiber broadband showcase operated on the basis that while speeds of up to 25 Gbps are possible on existing optical technologies, higher speeds require new approaches.
The demonstration was undertaken by the technology company’s research arm, Nokia Bell Labs, using 100G PON technology in a prototype whose parameters mimicked real-world conditions, including fiber distances and power distribution. . In what was considered an industry first for PON networks, the demo also showed flexible data rates.
In the prototype, Nokia Bell Labs also used advanced digital signal processing techniques that it says will be needed for all technologies beyond 25G PON, including 50G and 100G PON.
Metronet describes itself as the largest independent end-to-end fiber optic network provider in the United States and operates fiber to the premises networks that connect homes, businesses and cities with symmetric gigabit speeds supporting high-bandwidth applications such as HD video streaming, surveillance and gaming.
The company provides fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Internet and full-featured fiber optic telephone.
Metronet started in 2005, with a fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to serve and build networks in more than 250 communities in 16 states. Its customers include homes, local businesses, retail stores, hospitals, government offices and schools, deploying XGS-PON in eight new markets, with more communities planned.
Nokia’s XGS-PON systems will allow Metronet to use its existing and newly built fiber infrastructure to deploy 10G broadband speeds with a cost-effective path to 25G. Metronet also uses Nokia’s ONT Easy Start software as a service to speed up and simplify the provisioning of fiber modems to customers’ homes.
“Nokia is our trusted partner, and its technology allows us to future-proof our fiber investments as we continue to expand our network,” said Kevin Stelmach, president of commercial markets for Metronet.
“We are also able to future-proof the cities and communities we serve with a communications network that can grow with them, encouraging commercial investment with virtually unlimited capacity available when and where needed,” he said. he declares.
“We are already getting great feedback from our existing and new business and consumer customers, who are excited about the ability to access more bandwidth at very affordable prices.”
Nokia’s President of North America, Ed Cholerton, said, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Metronet to deliver a system that not only meets the bandwidth demands of its customers today, but also enables backwards compatibility with its existing equipment.
“Metronet deploys a single system capable of delivering GPON, 10G PON and 25G PON without having to replace hardware,” he said. “Metronet brings the future of connectivity to cities nationwide and uses Nokia’s next-generation PON technology to connect underserved areas.”