ZTE provides turnkey FTTH network for Jazztel in Spain

Oct. 23, 2013
ZTE Corp. (H: 0763.HK / A: 000063.SZ) says it will deliver a national high-speed broadband fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network deployment for Spanish operator Jazztel. The deployment is progressing satisfactorily and has begun commercial operation, according to the vendor.

ZTE Corp. (H: 0763.HK / A: 000063.SZ) says it will deliver a national high-speed broadband fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network deployment for Spanish operator Jazztel. The deployment is progressing satisfactorily and has begun commercial operation, according to the vendor.

The FTTH framework agreement, signed between ZTE and Jazztel in November 2012, covers the construction of a broadband network within two years that would reach 3 million homes and corporate users – ushering in what ZTE refers to as “a new era for Spain’s broadband market.”

Jazztel offers fixed-line voice, data, and Internet as well as mobile communications services to a user base of more than 1.3 million. Over the past three years, Jazztel has seen its users and revenue grow at an annual rate of 20%, making it one of the fastest growing operators in Europe. With fixed broadband developing, and bandwidth demand soaring in Spain, Jazztel’s next step was to build its own FTTH network.

ZTE provided Jazztel with an end-to-end turnkey project that includes equipment, engineering, and maintenance. To make the FTTH network future-proof and scalable, ZTE offered a next-generation, integrated full-service optical access platform, the ZXA10 C300. This allows for smooth evolution to next-generation passive optical networks (NG-PONs) and WDM-PON technology.

As Jazztel’s network construction mode calls for a high density of PON ports, ZTE offered 16-port GPON boards, which it says is the highest port density in the industry, thus saving room space, cutting power consumption, reducing the total cost of ownership, and improving profitability. In addition, ZTE provided an optical network terminal (ONT) and home gateway product set that delivers high-quality access to diverse services including high-speed Internet, voice, and video.

“We are pleased to carry out this strategic cooperation with ZTE in building our national high-speed broadband FTTH network which will allow more users to enjoy the best of fiber network services in Spain,” said Jose Miguel Garcia Fernandez, chief executive officer of Jazztel.

In February 2013, research firm Ovum released its latest analysis report on the 2012 global fixed-network market, Market Share Spreadsheet 2012 FTTx, DSL, and CMTS (Units). According to the report, ZTE grabbed the top spot for both PON optical line network (OLT) and optical network unit (ONU)/ONT shipments annually, with 42% and 32% market share, respectively, in the two segments.

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