Nokia unveils 5G support through FTTH solutions

17 February 2017 | James Pearce

Nokia has launched a number of next generation fibre solutions aimed at boosting backhaul and fronthaul for mobile solutions using fibre-to-the-home.

The Finnish vendor unveiled the solutions at the FTTH Council Europe event in Marseille this week, adding a next-generation 10Gbps passive optical network (PON) and point-to-point (P2P) fibre to its mobile transport solution.

It means carriers and operators can leverage existing FTTH deployments to boost capacity for mobile solutions. Nokia claims this kind of solution will be vital in speedy deployment of 5G services.

The solution provides a cost-effective link between mobile cells and a fixed network, allowing an increase in bandwidth without the need to deploy dedicated infrastructure.

Federico Guillen, president of Nokia Fixed Networks said: "The biggest opportunity on the horizon for fixed networks is the arrival of 5G. It’s clear that 5G will require very high capacity and low delay, but what is less certain is just how much capacity will be required for backhaul and what latency will be sufficient. We take the guesswork out of the equation. 

"Our solution allows operators to access existing PON networks that have virtually unlimited capacity to meet their needs today, with the added flexibility to add 10G PON evolutions gradually as demand for more bandwidth and services increases. The massive throughput and cell densification strategy of 5G make it a perfect match for existing FTTH deployments."

Topics: Nokia, FTTH, fibre, 5G, mobile, PON