Du, which has aggressively deployed fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in the United Arab Emirates, says it awarded Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) a contract for GPON equipment.
Ericsson will supply its EDA 1500 GPON equipment, passive optical components, and related services.
Hatem Bamatraf, senior vice president, network development at du, said, “We firmly believe that dynamic partnerships lead to success. The tie-up with Ericsson for GPON complements our state-of-the-art fiber to the home network, which we were the first to deploy in the UAE. This new solution will allow us to offer innovations, like fastest broadband (real broadband) and du TV to our customers. Ericsson’s GPON solution was the obvious choice for us, and we hope that our partnership will further enhance our customers’ user experience.”
Du has used a variety of FTTH technology in its network from several suppliers, including PacketFront (see “PacketFront wins FTTH contract in Dubai”).
“By turning to us and rolling out the network with the latest GPON technology, du will take advantage of technology to provide media-rich services to homes and businesses in the UAE, which is widely recognized for leading the local fiber revolution,” says Ray Hassan, president and head of Ericsson for Gulf Council Countries. “Consumers today demand an ever-increasing numbers of multimedia services, and this trend is likely to keep growing.”
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