Digicel tests Huawei's XG-PON in Jamaica

Huawei says it has collaborated with Digicel Group on a trial of the communications technology vendor's XG-PON equipment in Jamaica. The demonstration took place in Digicel's lab in downtown Kingston and used the operator's new fiber to the home (FTTH) network.

Huawei says it has collaborated with Digicel Group on a trial of the communications technology vendor's XG-PON equipment in Jamaica. The demonstration took place in Digicel's lab in downtown Kingston and used the operator's new fiber to the home (FTTH) network.

The test used Huawei's Multi-Service Single FAN platform.

"This was a very exciting trial, and we were blown away by the speeds reached and how simple it is to move to these speeds when the region needs it," said John Suranyi, CEO of Digicel Play Caribbean and Central America. "This shows how we can evolve towards multi-gigabit speeds as and when our customers demand it and not only puts Digicel Jamaica head and shoulders above all competition, but also places the region alongside the broadband global power houses such as Singapore and Korea."

Digicel Group provides communications and entertainment services in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America, and Asia Pacific. Over the past 15 years, the company says it has invested more than $5 billion in its infrastructure worldwide.

"With the direct correlation between broadband penetration and increased GDP widely accepted, this will help attract inward direct investment and promote economic growth," Suranyi continued. "To date we have invested over $100 million in our FTTH fiber program in Jamaica and our customers are starting to see the real benefits of our investment."

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