Nokia has expanded its range of G.fast micro-nodes to enable broadband providers to accelerate their deployment of the technology.

Service providers are looking at G.fast, which typically requires micro-nodes to be installed close to end-users, to plug holes in their fibre broadband coverage, particularly in urban areas where ‘last mile’ access to the home is often complicated or unattainable.

Nokia said deployment of micro-nodes has been problematic for service providers until now, in terms of their configuration and management.

Its micro-node portfolio, comprising scalable plug-and-play solutions requiring little set-up or configuration, provides higher densities and longer loop-lengths from fibre network distribution points, and cuts deployment times by half, the Finnish vendor said.

Nokia reckons its transmission and vectoring technology will allow broadband providers to deploy fibre-like speeds to more subscribers, at greater distance from the distribution points, including from cabinets, poles, manholes or in-building locations.

Federico Guillen, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia, said: “Nokia’s G.fast micro-nodes enable operators to further extend the benefits of G.fast without the added complexity or time once required to do this. Flexible deployment options for both larger and smaller systems are key to optimising the business case for massive G.fast roll-outs."

Guillen also made the point Nokia’s micro-nodes have been improved with SDN/NFV capabilities, and are pre-provisioned in the cloud, so operators can scale and manage their G.fast networks from any location.

Its new solutions include an eight-port sealed G.fast micro-node, designed for easy entry to buildings in FTTB/MDU deployments and a G.fast line card for Nokia's high density modular micro-node, allowing operators like BT Openreach to deploy G.fast from cabinet locations.

The company has also introduced a cloud-based controller that automates and simplifies deployment and maintenance of traditional, software-defined, or hybrid access networks.

BT said last month it is working with Nokia, as well as Huawei, on its G.fast trials.

Nokia is also supplying A1 Telekom in Austria, Chungwa Telecom in Taiwan, and Energia Communications in Japan.

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