Nokia, etisalat by e& demo 100G PON

Dec. 22, 2022
Nokia says it has collaborated with Etisalat UAE (branded as etisalat by e&) to conduct a proof-of-concept demonstration of 100G PON. The demo leveraged DSP technology developed by Nokia Bell Labs.

Nokia says it has collaborated with Etisalat UAE (branded as etisalat by e&) to conduct a proof-of-concept demonstration of 100G PON. The demo leveraged DSP technology developed by Nokia Bell Labs. Nokia believes the technology will be ready for commercialization in the 2030s.

The DSP is designed to support flexible-rate transmission and holds the key to 50G PON as well as 100G, Nokia believes. Flexible rate transmission as implemented within the DSP provides lower latency and halves power consumption, the company asserts.

“Fiber networks are fast evolving into becoming the backbone of the entire telecommunications sector as they play an important role in delivering any service to any end point, including residences, businesses, and cell sites. As their use case evolves, they must become quicker, smarter, and more cost-effective,” noted Marwan Bin Shakar, senior vice president/access network development, at etisalat by e&. “We are thrilled to have showcased a working prototype for 100G PON with Nokia.

The 100G PON demo is the latest in a series of exercises between the two companies to test emerging technology (see, for example, "Nokia, Etisalat conduct single-carrier terabit optical transmission field trial"). “Our partnership with Nokia is a demonstration of our commitment to maximize value for our customers and bring positive change to their lives in the age of digitalization,” said Bin Shakar. “Through our partnership, we are looking forward to continuing our efforts in bringing in the best-in-class solutions to our customers and enabling the adoption of innovative technological solutions within the UAE and the region.”

“etisalat by e& is a pioneering operator in the region and we are proud to have demonstrated our industry-first prototype technology with the company,” added Samer Makke, head of the customer team for etisalat by e&, UAE, at Nokia. “Fiber broadband continues to evolve and will play a critical role in enabling services for enterprise customers, premium consumers, and supporting 5G rollouts. 10G XGS-PON is now mainstream, the first 25G city is a reality, and 50G and 100G are being developed. This just shows the unlimited potential of fiber broadband.”

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