Nokia says Post Luxembourg is deploying its Gfast technology to offer improved broadband speeds to residents in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Post Luxembourg is deploying the Gfast technology in apartment buildings as part of its continual fiber roll-out across the country.
Approximately 60% of homes in the Grand Duchy currently have gigabit fiber-optic network access. Fiber networks are not as accessible to residents in multi-dwelling units (MDU) however, with a complete rewiring of the premises necessary to bring fiber into an apartment.
Nokia's Gfast utilizes built-in vectoring technology to decrease cross-talk interference that often effects data speeds over copper networks. With Nokia's Gfast, Post Luxembourg will be able to use the last meters of existing copper in the building to offer customers ultra-broadband access, says Nokia.
Nokia is providing 8 and 16 port Gfast micro-nodes with vectoring (7367 ISAM SX-8 and SX16) as part of the contract. Gfast micro-nodes are well-suited for MDU applications, the company affirms. Using the Nokia 7368 ISAM F-010G CPE, Gfast services will be terminated in the home.
"The Gfast technology today makes sense for us in buildings where it is difficult or impossible to modernize the internal cabling of the building," said Gaston Bohnenberger, Post Technologies managing director. "While Post Luxembourg's main objective remains to bring the fiber all the way up to customers' apartments, Gfast will be used in buildings where rewiring is at present not possible. Through this investment, Post enables the customer to profit from higher speed offers as soon as the building is connected to the FTTH network."
Connectivity, cloud, voice, and data management service provider Post Luxembourg is not alone in deploying Nokia's Gfast technology over the past year. EneCom deployed Nokia's Gfast technology in November 2017 to allow the cable operator to prepare its networks for rising broadband demand during a 2020 worldwide sporting event in Japan (see "Japan's EneCom deploys Gfast with Nokia to prepare for global sporting event"). In the U.S., Frontier deployed Nokia's Gfast to deliver high-speed broadband services in Connecticut MDUs in May 2017 (see "Frontier deploys Gfast from Nokia in Connecticut MDUs").
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