Open Fiber has indicated that they are collaborating with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) to roll out the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) that will see small towns and rural areas in Italy receive ultra-broadband services. The Open fiber network plans to bring optical fiber to homes with speed of 1Gbps. The move will be in line with the Gigabit society principles with the new deployment providing Open fiber with an opportunity to develop a future-proof network that has the capability of supporting next-generation fiber technologies.
The Ultra-broadband strategy
The Italian government drew up the ultra-broadband strategy for the country identifying four cluster types (A, B C and D) in the country. Each municipality was given a cluster depending on factors such as house density, markets size, and availability of broadband coverage.
Nokia has been contracted to be the leading supplier of the C and D cluster, and they will be responsible for delivery of products, services, and software necessary for planning, design as well as the deployment of end-to-end network infrastructure on GPON tech.
Open Fiber Network and Operations Director, Stefano Paggi, said that they had selected Nokia to be their supplier of cluster C and D in delivering the Giga-services as well as paving the way for future generation technologies. He said that they believe that Nokia’s experience in the fiber network will be sufficient to enable them to create an efficient network employing the best components and technologies.
Stefano said that with Nokia they would manage to offer 10 Gbps services that could get upgraded to 40Gbps in future. It will also give Open Fiber the opportunity to adopt Software Defined Networking thus enabling them to maximize new generation network access as well as automation and integration with cloud systems.
Global Enterprise Director, Alessandro Manno indicated that since Nokia is a global telecom and a front runner in fiber technologies, then they have the capacity and products to deliver.
Nokia will be offering professional services, as well as customer engineering experience to enable them to fulfill integration and solution validation, on-site support, commissioning, and installations as well as provide training solutions and project management.