Estonia will get a nationwide 10GBps residential network in the fourth quarter after cableco Starman announced plans to roll out Nokia technology.

It marks the first time in Europe that the vendor’s 10G Ethernet Passive Optical Network tech has been deployed in a brownfield site.

Starman provides triple-play broadband, TV and telephony services to its customers.

According to a statement from Nokia, it services every third household in Estonia.

Along with sister company UAB Cgates in Lithuania, its fibre optic cable network passes more than 721,000 homes.

Nokia said Starman’s business case benefits from local conditions that allow the reuse of existing ducts in the street.

Further, Starman can leverage their in-house cabling rights to bring fibre to each apartment.

Nokia’s solution can also be integrated into the cableco’s existing cable network and DOCSIS back-end systems.

The Finland-based vendor said that while 10GBps speeds would be delivered “when required”, customers would get 1Gbps “in the near term”.

[Read more: TDC talks up benefits of cable over fibre]

Starman Group Technology Director Jaanus Erlemann said: "After careful consideration of the different technology options, we determined that Nokia's 10-gigabit fiber network would allow us to deliver the best service and end-user experience to our customers.

“When investing in the internet services we bring to our customers' home, ensuring the technology is future-proof is essential.

“Today we are choosing solutions that can allow for symmetrical connections greater than 1Gbps, enabling us to skip some current technological developments and take a seat on the new high-speed 10G train."

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