news Nokia and Estonia-based cable operator Starman have announced that they will deploy the first nationwide 10-gigabit residential network in Europe.
The new Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10G EPON) – built by Nokia – is planned to enable Starman to “cost-effectively” deliver new ultra-broadband services to residential customers living in Estonia, Nokia said in a statement.
The network will be gradually rolled out in the last quarter of 2016 “following successful lab and field tests”, the firm added.
Starman apparently opted for Nokia’s 10G EPON solution for both its economy and its technological flexibility, allowing the firm to adapt to future industry trends.
The local conditions are also beneficial, allowing the operator to reuse existing cable ducts in the street. Further, Starman can leverage its in-house cabling rights to bring fibre to each premises.
The solution also supports DOCSIS provisioning over EPON (DPoE), which eases integration into the existing cable network and DOCSIS back-end systems.
Another benefit, said the tech giant, is that its system includes Nokia’s Optical Network Termination (ONT) devices, providing consumers with the “latest generation” gigabit Wi-Fi technology.
“After careful consideration of the different technology options, we determined that Nokia’s 10-gigabit fibre network would allow us to deliver the best service and end-user experience to our customers,” said Starman Group’s Technology Director, Jaanus Erlemann.
“We chose Nokia because of their unique ability to provide both the latest technology innovations and expertise from their top specialists. When investing in the Internet services we bring to our customers’ home, ensuring the technology is future-proof is essential, he said”
According to Nokia’s statement, Starman has observed a “clear shift” from broadcast TV to on-demand TV and video services. Further, Internet traffic has been growing approximately 50% year on year in its home country.
Nokia said that, based on these factors, Starman decided to go for “future-proof” technology to ensure their network can deliver 1Gbps speeds to all customers in the short term, and up to 10Gbps “when required”.
The Nokia 10Gbps solution, it said, makes Starman “the first European cable operator to commercially deploy a 10G EPON fiber access residential solution for brownfield deployments”.
Federico Guillèn, President of Nokia’s Fixed Networks business group, commented: “In addition to the business case, cable operators must consider the rapid evolution of consumer behavior, as well as the quality of the user experience.”
“Starman’s choice recognises the value of Nokia’s fibre products to support the evolution of capacity, bandwidth and services in their network. We are proud that our fibre access solutions and expertise helps cable operators meet customer demands with high-capacity, high-quality connectivity,” he said.
Nokia said the deal between the two firms is an indicator of how cable operators across the globe are considering ‘deep fibre’ and fibre-to-the-premises (fttp) as a “realistic and cost-effective” alternative to upgrading their current DOCSIS 3.0 HFC networks to 3.1, in order to meet subscriber demands.
“Today we are choosing solutions that can allow for symmetrical connections greater than 1Gbps, enabling us to skip some current technological developments and take a seat on the new high-speed 10G train,” Erlemann said.