Open Fiber partners with Nokia for FTTH expansion

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Italian wholesale infrastructure operator Open Fiber has selected Nokia to supply optical transport technology for the expansion of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) Ultra-BroadBand (UBB) network nationwide.

Open Fiber has committed to build a fully fibre optic UBB network to connect more than 6,000 municipalities in all the Italian regions, in support of the objectives set by the Italian Gigabit Society 2025 strategy.

Alongside its technology and services partner SIAE Microelettronica, Nokia will provide the 1830 Optical Network Extender (ONE) and Network Functions Manager-Transport (NFM-T) solutions for the aggregation layer of Open Fiber’s Access Network. The companies will also deliver services including installation and commissioning. The UBB network service will then be leased to local FTTH and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) operators around the country.

Digital transformation

Nokia’s 1830 ONE suite of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) optical transport network (OTN) metro access products is designed to have a minimal footprint while offering state-of-the-art reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM), transport bandwidth and service grooming functionalities. It has the modularity and density to enable more capacity for a greater number of connections and capabilities.

Nokia already supports Open Fiber with optical line terminals (OLT) and optical network terminals (ONT) and services in rural areas of Italy.

Elisabetta Ripa, CEO, Open Fiber, said: "FTTH ultra-broadband infrastructure has proven to be a key factor for accelerating the digital transformation of our country, unlocking new opportunities for the Italian digital economy, boosting production and driving competitiveness. We believe that also selecting Nokia’s optical network products and solutions will further accelerate our FTTH infrastructure plan, bringing reliability, openness and innovation to the market.”