Wind chooses Nokia for FTTH rollout in Italy

Italian service provider Wind has selected Nokia to supply GPON equipment for the roll-out of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in the Italian cities of Bologna and Turin. The fiber-optic network infrastructure will support services a rates beyond 100 Mbps, Nokia says.

Italian service provider Wind has selected Nokia to supply GPON equipment for the roll-out of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in the Italian cities of Bologna and Turin. The fiber-optic network infrastructure will support services a rates beyond 100 Mbps, Nokia says.

That said, while describing the deployment as an FTTH roll out, Nokia also says that Wind will employ "a mix of ultra-broadband access technologies," including some that are copper based.

Nokia does say it will supply the 7360 Intelligent Service Access Manager (ISAM) FX for optical line terminal (OLT) requirements and the 7368 ISAM ONT residential gateway with integrated Wi-Fi hot-spot technology for the GPON aspects of the deployment. The 7360 supports both conventional GPON and NG-PON2.

Wind also will employ Nokia's 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM FD) access platform. The 7302 supports both GPON and VDSL2, "enabling Wind to use a mix of fiber and advanced copper access technologies," in the words of a Nokia press release. The 7368 ONT gateway has VDSL2 as well as GPON compatibility; it also supports G.fast (see "G.fast residential gateway on tap from Alcatel-Lucent").

Nevertheless, the collaboration's emphasis is on fiber-optic broadband. "Wind is already delivering FTTH in Milan," said Stefano Takacs, network director at Wind, via the Nokia press announcement. "By strengthening its network in Bologna and Turin, in collaboration with Nokia, it confirms its commitment to invest in the growth of ultra-broadband services in major Italian cities, providing its customers and cities with a highly reliable network than can offer the best TV and Internet services. "

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