Service Provider Technology
By Stephanie Gibbons 21 Feb 2019
Nokia's Wireless PON (WPON) solution combines the best of fiber access with short-range wireless, bringing bandwidth speeds of 1G and beyond into homes and businesses. WPON solves the last few hundred meters when fiber pulls are costly or cumbersome. Reception is easy to attain while interference is minimized based on 180-degree field-of-view and beamforming antennas.
Nokia announced its WPON solution last year, and now deployment scenarios are expanding and accelerating. At a basic level, WPON offers an elegant solution for providing FTTH bandwidth to a home when the fiber pull is just too difficult or time consuming. Furthermore, WPON's design enables a series of homes to be connected at low-cost points and with high bandwidth. For example, one WPON access point can serve several homes on a residential side street, thereby avoiding fiber pulls on that street entirely. In this scenario, the provider can offer competitive bandwidth speeds quickly, avoiding potential customer churn.
In non-residential scenarios, WPON can extend fiber-speed reach to the last building or buildings in a campus or industrial complex. Once again WPON can save time when upgrading across a campus since the last few buildings can be reached through WPON's daisy-chaining capabilities. As more and more commercial, educational, and hospitality complexes are adopting PON for LAN usage, known as POL, WPON becomes an important last-building extension solution.
There are key advantages to WPON. The first is sustained bandwidth; WPON is an extension of PON using WiGig, enabling fiber bandwidth with limited range. Its goal is supporting 1G and beyond to a limited number of homes or buildings. Nokia designed WPON to fit into standard FTTx network design and operations.
Numerous trials and initial deployments are underway at tier-1 operators and enterprises in Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific, including a recent announcement by XL Axiata, a leading Indonesian telecom operator.
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Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure and Software
Service Provider Technology
By Daryl Schoolar 07 May 2019
The first standards-based 5G networks have gone live with commercial service offerings. The reviews, however, have been less than flattering. A web search of reviews shows such common themes as patchy coverage, speeds are fast but not 10 times faster than LTE, the device has a hard time holding onto the 5G signal, and few devices are available.
Service Provider Technology, Enterprise Decision Maker
By Chantel Cary 21 Sep 2018
Telecoms technology vendor ZTEsoft has rebranded as Whale Cloud following investment from Alibaba Group. Leveraging Alibaba's cloud and AI capabilities, Whale Cloud has launched d-BEP, a cloud-native BSS product.
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