Nokia certainly started off this week with a bang with news coming in from five different fronts, each worth noting individually:
On the optical front, Nokia is working with Windstream Wholesale for a new 400G solution. Along with Coherent and Nokia, Windstream Wholesale has fully integrated a 400G, 0 dBm QSFP-DD pluggable into its Nokia routers, and made it ready for commercial deployment on the company’s ICON network infrastructure. Windstream hopes to realize size, power, cost, and reliability advantages on its nextgen backbone as a result.
In India, they won a deal with Reliance Jio for 5G. Reliance Jio has selected the vendor to supply 5G RAN equipment in a multi-year deal. The equipment in question comes from Nokia’s AirScale portfolio, and includes base stations, MIMO antennas, and Remote Radio Heads.
At Network X in Amsterdam Nokia unveiled LightSpan MF-14, a sixth generation broadband platform. The new addition to their portfolio aims to support mass deployment of 25G, 50G, and 100G PON. The vendor says multiple trials are underway and deployments will be in place before the end of 2022.
In a likely related announcement over in Asia, Nokia has completed a trial of its 25G PON solution with AIS Fibre. AIS Fibre is deploying fiber to homes and enterprises in Thailand, with more than 2 million subscribers. The trial leveraged existing OLTs to simultaneously connect three end user devices at a combined speed of 37.5Gbps via a single fiber.
And Nokia is expanding its own infrastructure with a new R&D hub in Ottawa, Canada. It will be at the company’s 26-acre campus at the KanataNorth Business Park, with construction starting next year and completion envisioned in 2026. The new tech center will support Nokia’s capabilities in the areas of ICT and cyber security.
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