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Nokia Expands G.fast Micro-node Portfolio To Enable Telcos To Use Existing Copper Networks

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Nokia Expands G.fast Micro-node Portfolio To Enable Telcos To Use Existing Copper Networks

Nokia has expanded its portfolio of G.fast micro-nodes to help operators accelerate ultra-broadband deployments and deliver faster data speeds to end-customers using existing copper networks. The G.fast micro-nodes provide a simple, flexible plug-and-play solution that can scale in line with demand, allow for both distribution point and cabinet deployment models and cut roll-out times in half, says the press note issued by the company.

Service providers are increasingly turning to technologies like G.fast, which uses existing copper networks to deliver fiber-like speeds to customer over short distances, to meet growing demand for gigabit services. However, to achieve these speeds, G.fast technology typically requires the deployment of micro-nodes to be installed close to end-users. This can be challenging for operators to deploy, configure and manage at scale.

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To help operators scale and accelerate G.fast deployments, Nokia is strengthening its portfolio of micro-node solutions to help:

Deploy more G.fast – Nokia’s industry-leading transmission and vectoring technology allows operators to deliver G.fast over longer distances and to more users from a single node. As a result, G.fast can now be used from cabinet, pole, manhole or in-building locations, providing a range of cost-effective deployment models.
Deploy G.fast quicker – Zero-touch provisioning allows operators to quickly power up and auto-configure each node and avoid local software loading and local provisioning. This provides a “connect-and-go” option which reduces time of deployment by 50 percent.
Deploy G.fast better – Accessibility and serviceability of G.fast micro-nodes is improved with SDN/NFV and NETCONF/YANG capabilities. Nodes are pre-provisioned from the cloud and seamlessly deployed in the network. This helps operators to efficiently scale and manage the network from any location.
Federico Guillen, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks business group, said: “Nokia’s G.fast micro-nodes enable operators to further extend the benefits of G.fast without the added complexity or time once required to do this. Flexible deployment options for both larger and smaller systems are key to optimizing the business case for massive G.fast roll-outs. We also use SDN/NFV to simplify and automate the management process and deliver tangible benefits to operators – allowing them to accelerate G.fast deployments and extend ultra-broadband services to more people, quickly”

Teresa Mastrangelo, senior analyst at Broadbandtrends, said: “The ability to support a wide range of use cases in a cost-effective manner is key to wide-scale deployment of G.fast. These additions to the Nokia G.fast portfolio provide operators with the necessary tools to meet these objectives in a competitive manner.”

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