ESPOO, Finland – Nokia today announced that Openreach will deploy its fiber solutions to help meet its target of bringing ultra-fast and reliable broadband access to 20 million homes across the UK by the mid-to-late 2020s. The fiber rollout with Nokia underpins Openreach's commitment to build a world-class, secure broadband network that can deliver differentiated customer experiences and provide a platform for the UK's economic recovery, post Covid-19.
Openreach is focused on extending its fiber networks to better meet evolving consumer demands, support society in unforeseen crises and help socio-economic growth. A nationwide fiber-to-the-home network has the potential to provide a £59 billion boost to UK productivity by 2025i. It can also enable 400,000 more people to work from home, allow 125,000 parents with dependent children the opportunity to re-enter the workforce and help to reduce greenhouse emissions.
The rollout with Nokia focuses on deploying GPON and XGS-PON fiber access technologies to expand Openreach’s fiber-rich network to reach 4.5 million premises by the end of March 2021. It's also capable of delivering up to 10Gb/s symmetrical broadband speeds in the future, in areas where demand for additional capacity is required. Nokia’s solution supports a smooth evolution from current traditional deployments to virtualized access-network control and management (SDAN – Software Defined Access Networking) by software upgrade.
The agreement is another key milestone in Nokia's extensive partnership with Openreach to deliver multi-Gigabit, next generation PON connectivity to customers and builds on an extensive end-to-end network framework that has been established over the past years. This includes G.fast technology which currently allows Openreach to offer 100's Mb/s to homes in areas where fiber is not available yet.
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