Starman and Nokia to Deploy 10-gigabit Residential Network in Estonia

  • Nokia
ESPOO, FINLAND – Nokia and Starman, the largest cable operator in the Baltic States, will deploy the first nationwide 10-gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10G EPON) in Europe. The new network will let Starman cost-effectively deliver new ultra-broadband services to residential customers living in Estonia and meet growing customer demand for high-speed, high-quality triple-play (voice, Internet and cable) services. The network will be gradually rolled out in Q4 2016 throughout Estonia after successful lab and field tests.

Already a leader in broadband services, Starman is seeing a clear shift from broadcast TV to on-demand TV and video services, and Internet traffic is growing about 50 percent year after year in one of Europe’s most technology savvy countries. Based on this, Starman decided to go for future-proof technology that ensures their network can deliver 1 Gbps speeds to each customer in the near term and up to 10Gbps when required.

The contract shows how cable operators globally are considering deep fiber and fiber-to-the-home deployments as a realistic and cost-effective alternative to upgrading their current DOCSIS 3.0 Hybrid Fiber Coax networks to 3.1, in order to meet subscriber demands.

Starman chose the Nokia 10G EPON solution as the most economical and technologically flexible considering future industry trends. Its business case benefits from local conditions that allow the reuse of existing ducts in the street, and Starman can leverage their in-house cabling rights to bring fiber to each apartment. Furthermore, the solution supports DOCSIS provisioning over EPON (DPoE), which allows for a low-touch integration into the existing cable network and DOCSIS back-end systems. The solution also includes Nokia’s Optical Network Termination (ONT) devices, providing consumers with the latest generation gigabit Wi-Fi technology.

Nokia’s solution makes Starman the first European cable operator to commercially deploy a 10G EPON fiber access residential solution for brownfield deployments.

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