nbn Australia and Nokia in fiber trial to enhance customer experience

nbn Australia and fibrenbn Australia has conducted fiber trial – at Nokia’s Melbourne lab facility – demonstrating capability of ultra-broadband for meeting high-capacity.

New PON technologies can help nbn pave the way for enhanced consumer and business service offerings.

nbn said its broadband network is offering services to over 2 million end-users and nearly 5 million able to order a service.

“Our trial of NG-PON2 technology with Nokia is an example of our commitment to develop the capabilities and speed of the nbn network,” said Dennis Steiger, chief technology officer of nbn.

Nokia’s universal NG-PON fiber solution in combination with existing GPON technology has achieved aggregate 102Gbps (Gigabits per second) broadband speeds in the lab trial on a single fiber. The trial demonstrated the dynamic provisioning of bandwidth to support data demand from residential and business customers.

Nokia said universal NG-PON converges TWDM-PON (also known as NG-PON2), XGS-PON and GPON technology on the same fiber, and provides a simple upgrade path from current fiber technology used in FTTP deployments.

TWDM-PON and XGS-PON can save the time and additional cost that comes with laying new fiber. TWDM-PON provides four or more wavelengths on a fiber, each capable of supporting asymmetrical or symmetrical bit rates of 2.5Gbps or 10Gbps for a total of 40Gbps. XGS-PON uses one wavelength to provide either 10Gbps symmetrical or asymmetrical bit rates.

nbn was able to trial the different PON technologies using Nokia’s universal next-generation PON solution including:

TWDM-PON with 40Gbps symmetrical

XGS-PON with 10Gbps symmetrical

GPON with 2.5Gbps

TWDM-PON could allow customers to download a 2-hour, 4K-quality video in seconds. With the use of advanced software, the technology can also enable the dynamic provision of data capacity on the network, giving operators like nbn new options to flexibly meet changing user needs.

Ray Owen, head of Oceania at Nokia, was instrumental in conducting fiber trials for nbn Australia.