du tests Nokia’s 40 Gigabit TWDM-PON technology

Du launches LTA-AdvancedTelecom operator du has tested Nokia’s 40 Gigabit TWDM-PON technology in a bid to launch the fastest fiber broadband in the UAE.

Nokia said its TWDM-PON technology achieved 40 Gbps in a lab test, paving way for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) and moving Dubai closer to becoming a smart city role model.

40 Gbps can enable new services such as smart home and faster downloads speeds that allow a 2-hour, 4K-quality video to be downloaded in seconds.

Nokia’s TWDM-PON technology enables significantly higher upload and download speeds. du can efficiently upgrade its existing GPON network to the next-generation with XGS-PON or TWDM-PON on a single fiber.

du currently offers 1 Gbps services in the UAE. The increase in bandwidth will help du improve the customer experience significantly for residential customers and launch new services for the highly demanding business customers.

“With the increased use of smart devices and bandwidth-hungry applications by our subscribers, the demand for an ultra-fast network also keeps increasing,” said Jasim AlAwadi, vice president – Network Infrastructure & Services, at du.

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du) said its revenue rose 2.9 percent to AED 3.14 billion in the third quarter of 2016.

Du generated AED 2.22 billion (+2.7 percent) from mobile, AED 737.3 million (flat growth) from mobile data, AED 681.1 million (+3 percent) from fixed business.

Du said mobile data now represents 33 percent of mobile service revenues compared 32.9 percent in 2015.

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