Nokia expands its fibre access portfolio

Published: 6 March 2020 - 5 a.m.

Finnish tech giant, Nokia, has launched a range of new products and solutions that it says will enable service providers to deliver a gigabit experience to more customers, sooner.

The new portfolio includes a new Lightspan MF access node designed for the 5G era, a new Beacon 6 in-home gateway that supports 5G mobile data offloading and several Nokia Bell Labs innovations that reduce latency to create a seamless 5G experience. By combining the strengths of FTTH and 5G, Nokia is helping operators accelerate 5G deployments and deploy gigabit services in the most cost-effective way.

“Fixed networks will be the critical technology behind 5G’s success,” said Sandra Motley, president of Fixed Networks at Nokia.

“By leveraging existing FTTH and in-home Wi-Fi networks, operators will be able to deploy 5G faster and ensure a seamless, powerful 5G end-user experience is achieved.”

Fibre is the backbone upon which operators’ 5G mobile networks will be built, so boosting fibre availability will facilitate more rapid 5G expansion.

“By using existing FTTH infrastructure, operators can quickly gain the footprint and performance needed to support 5G. They can also save up to 50 percent in transport costs by eliminating the need to build a dedicated transport network and quickly move to future fibre evolutions like 25G PON and beyond to ensure 5G needs continue to be met. With Nokia’s new Lightspan MF-2 fibre access node, operators can easily and seamlessly add mobile 5G transport capabilities to their existing FTTH infrastructure. Based on the Nokia’s Quillion chipset family, the system is optimised for low-latency applications and features an ultra-high capacity architecture,” a Nokia spokesman said in a statement to the press.

In addition to the fibre network, the evolution towards Wi-Fi 6 in the home means that service providers can now effectively offload 5G traffic onto a home Wi-Fi network without disruptions. This will free up valuable 5G capacity for mobile devices and applications like self-driving vehicles. Nokia’s new Beacon 6 mesh WiFi solution supports Wi-Fi 6, which includes several core 5G technologies, along with two Nokia Bell Labs innovations designed to further optimise latency. Nokia Bell Labs’ PI2 active queue management algorithm reduces excessive delays in congested networks, while L4S technology provides an “express lane” for data in network equipment to further reduce latency needed in applications like gaming and virtual reality. Operators can then use Nokia’s Software Defined Access Network solution to create a high-priority slice in the fibre access network to ensure low latency is further guaranteed from the home to the core.

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