Telstra and Alcatel-Lucent trial FttN
Australia’s Telstra has partnered with French vendor Alcatel-Lucent to trial fibre-to-the-node technology (FTTN), according to The Australian Financial Review.
Australia’s coalition government is expected to use the trial to revise the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out, which is not expected to meet its targets for the year.
“Alcatel-Lucent has been our access network partner for many years, and we regularly test technologies with them,” a spokesperson told local reporters.
“We started the VDSL vectoring trial just after the election, and it’s going well – we haven’t demonstrated its capabilities to anyone yet.”
FttN involves installing a node on a street corner using the existing copper cable to the premises to offer VDSL service.
Telstra will consequently be heavily involved in the FttN construction as it still owns these copper cables, but the coalition is reportedly renegotiating with Telstra to access the cable.
The Australian company reported a successful LTE-A trial with Ericsson earlier this month.