Nokia has launched a raft of fibre broadband solutions to help operators expand their footprints to remote areas.

The new fibre access nodes serve scenarios that are traditionally hard to reach, including areas exposed to weather conditions or lacking a power supply, the vendor said.

One addition is a weather-proof micro-node for GPON, XGS-PON and TWDM-PON, designed to reduce the need for investment in weather-proof facilities for fibre equipment.

Nokia also introduced new micro-nodes for G.fast that use reverse-power technology, an ETSI and Broadband Forum-standardised tech that draws the power for the unit from the customer premises to the distribution point.

They are supported by Nokia’s software platform Altiplano, which allows the access node to be provisioned even when powered down.

Also based on G.fast, the vendor’s new 212MHz G.fast nodes can support symmetrical 1GBps speeds over a single copper pair or Coax cable. This can serve multiple premises with high speeds without a fibre link needing to be installed.

In addition, Nokia added copper-based nodes that can deliver speeds of 200MBps over copper to a distance of up to 1km away.

Federico Guillén, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks Business Group, said: "As customer demand for ultra-broadband access continues to increase, operators need a wide range of technology options to meet evolving requirements and effectively address different use cases.”

Roland Montagne, principal analyst at market research firm IDATE, added: "The ability to support a wide range of use cases in a cost-effective manner is key for operators seeking to bring ultra-broadband to more people sooner.

“Nokia already has an extensive portfolio of fixed access technologies and these new FTTx solutions will further enhance the toolkit, providing operators with the additional technology options they need to accelerate ultra-broadband access and meet objectives in a competitive manner."   

The new fibre solutions are part of Nokia’s Intelligent Access portfolio, which the vendor announced a range of additions to last week.

The bundle now features the industry’s first wireless Passive Optical Network solution, which uses superfast wireless connectivity in the backhaul network to allow an operator to extend it more quickly.

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