Nokia Announces Most Advanced Fiber Broadband Platform in the World

Nokia announced the world’s first Generation 6 broadband platform, designed for a ‘fiber-for-everything’ world where fiber broadband networks evolve to become a single infrastructure for all services. The new Lightspan MF-14 platform extends the upper end of Nokia’s fiber broadband portfolio bringing unmatched capacity, low latency, intelligence, six-nines reliability, and the highest power efficiency, enabling operators to address broadband needs for the next decades.

The industry is entering a ‘fiber-for-everything’ era. Once operators have deployed fiber-to-the-home, their networks pass every other building in the street, as well as the homes, meaning they can connect businesses and other services. Fiber PON will be capable of supporting high bandwidth consumer services, industry 4.0 applications, business connectivity, 5G transport, and smart city services. This creates more revenue opportunities, lowers TCO, and significantly reduces overall power consumption. This new broadband era, designated Broadband 6 by the World Broadband Association (WBBA), requires a new technical solution. Nokia’s pioneering Lightspan MF-14 is the first Gen 6 optical line terminal (OLT) in the world and has already been selected by customers building 25 Gb/second capable networks in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific.

“Fiber-to-the-home is becoming fiber-for-everything. This is enabled by several technological advances, most notably higher-speed PON technologies to accommodate all new services, and SDN to bring more intelligence to the network. If you think about it, the massive number of connection points on fiber makes it a challenge to get an instant view of everything that happens in your network, fully automate network control, and perform actions with no service interruption. Our current portfolio is doing an excellent job of supporting many of these requirements for today’s and tomorrow’s services, but we are looking ahead. The MF-14 platform will suit operators who are planning large-scale 25G PON, 50G, and even 100G PON within the same environment,” said Geert Heyninck, Nokia’s VP for Broadband Networks.

Based on new, advanced hardware and disaggregated software design, MF-14 is a generation leap in fiber access solutions. It is the highest capacity platform in the industry and the only solution ready for mass delivery of 25G, 50G, and 100G PON services. It’s also the industry’s first OLT with the six-nines availability and sub-millisecond latency needed for mission-critical industry 4.0 and 5G transport services.

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