NBI selects Nokia to deploy FTTH network in Ireland

National Broadband Ireland (NBI) has selected Nokia to deploy a nation-wide FTTH network solution in Ireland.
National Broadband IrelandNokia will provide 100 percent of the active equipment, including an FTTH network based on next-generation PON (Passive Optical Network) technology, an aggregation network, based on its IP routing and optical networking technology and a performance management solution.

The project, as part of the Irish Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), is one of the most ambitious government broadband plans in the world, with the goal of providing high-speed connectivity to all of Ireland’s population, including 23 percent of whom currently live in the more rural Intervention Area (IA) where the NBP will be focused.

Nokia said the project involves more than 44,000 non-farm businesses, over 54,000 farms and 695 schools, ensuring that no one is left behind and laying the foundation for Ireland’s digital future for generations, Cormac Whelan, CEO UK and Ireland at Nokia, said in a statement.

NBI has hired Nokia to supply all active network equipment and integration services. As a result, NBI will be able to rely on the latest technologies, integration and end-to-end service performance to ensure its schedule goals are met, Peter Hendrick, CEO at National Broadband Ireland, said.

Nokia holds #1 position in next-generation PON (XGS-PON) worldwide, according to the recent report from Dell’Oro. Nokia has 26 XGS-PON and 300 GPON deployments worldwide.

Nokia said it has 250+ cloud-ready customer deployments with its fiber access platforms.