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Nokia and Open Fiber to accelerate Italian FTTH adoption

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Nokia on Wednesday announced that it has been awarded a contract with Open Fiber, Italy’s wholesale infrastructure operator, to supply cutting edge optical transport technology for the expansion of the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) Ultra-BroadBand (UBB) network nationwide. Nokia is supporting Open Fiber’s commitment to building a full-fibre optical UBB network to connect more than 6,000 municipalities in all the Italian regions. With the network enabling client speeds of up to 1Gb/s, the mission supports the objectives set by the Italian Gigabit Society 2025 strategy.

Nokia and SIAE Microelettronica, a Nokia technology and services partner, joined forces in a consortium to deliver the 1830 Optical Network Extender (ONE) and Network Functions Manager-Transport (NFM-T) solutions for the aggregation layer of Open Fiber’s Access Network. The consortium will deliver services, including installation and commissioning. The UBB network service will then be leased to local FTTH and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) operators around the country.

Nokia’s 1830 ONE suite of wavelength division multiplexing optical transport network metro access products is designed to have a minimal footprint while offering state-of-the-art ROADM, transport bandwidth and service grooming functionalities permitting Capex/Opex optimization. It has the modularity and density to enable more capacity for a greater number of connections and capabilities and is ideal for access deployment in most topographies, including less accessible areas.

Elisabetta Ripa, CEO of Open Fiber, said: “FTTH ultra-broadband infrastructure has proven to be a key factor for accelerating the digital transformation of our country, unlocking new opportunities for the Italian digital economy, boosting production and driving competitiveness.”

Giuseppina Di Foggia, Country Senior Officer of Nokia Italy, said: “This agreement is an important one for Nokia Italia and our Optics Research and Development Centre in Vimercate, where we meet innovation challenges with great passion, competence and professionalism.”

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