Nokia, Openreach conduct UK’s first-ever tests of new Full Fibre technology

The 25G PON technology was tested at Openreach's Adastral Park lab in Ipswich, UK. Pioneered by Nokia, the cost-efficient technology is said to deliver download speeds of 25 gigabits per second over a single optical fiber, and it can run on the same underlying infrastructure that Openreach is already building across the UK.


Devdiscourse News Desk | London | Updated: 17-07-2021 08:25 IST | Created: 17-07-2021 08:25 IST
Nokia, Openreach conduct UK’s first-ever tests of new Full Fibre technology
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UK's digital network business Openreach and Nokia have successfully tested the country's first-ever new 'Full Fibre' technology, which could deliver ten times faster ultra-reliable broadband services than today's UK standard deployments, the latter said in a press release on Friday.

"The Full Fibre network we're building today is going to be the platform for the UK's economic, social and environmental prosperity, and these trials prove that we can keep upgrading the speeds and services our customers experience over that network for decades to come," said Peter Bell, Director, Network Technology at Openreach.

The 25G PON technology was tested at Openreach's Adastral Park lab in Ipswich, UK. Pioneered by Nokia, the cost-efficient technology is said to deliver download speeds of 25 gigabits per second over a single optical fiber, and it can run on the same underlying infrastructure that Openreach is already building across the UK.

The trail has proved that current GPON and XGS-PON broadband technologies and future upgrades to 25G PON will work together seamlessly. 25G PON can even be used by operators for 5G backhaul which becomes important as 5G networks become pervasive and require small cells to be deployed in areas of dense traffic.

Nokia and Openreach are now planning to launch a field trial by the end of 2021, which will put the technology through its paces using a range of bandwidth-hungry applications.

"Nokia's Quillion chip allows us to have a solution that supports three generations of PON technology from a single platform that is already in the Openreach network. Having GPON, XGS-PON and 25GS-PON all on the same fiber means Openreach can efficiently evolve the network capabilities, address new opportunities and connect more consumers, businesses and 5G cell sites," said Sandy Motley, President Nokia Fixed Networks.

Openreach is building ultrafast, ultra-reliable Full Fibre broadband with an aim to reach 25 million premises all over the UK by end of December 2026.

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