Nokia announced the launch of the Lightspan SF-8M fiber solution for cable operators. The Lightspan SF-8M support both GPON and XGS-PON and will support 25G PON.
Nokia said the solution will enable cable operators to respond to competition from both established telecoms and new operators. Cable operators can address end user requirements and deliver line rates of 2.5 Gb/s or 10 Gb/s today and seamlessly evolve to 25 Gb/s in the future.
Nokia, the market share leader for XGS-PON equipment, said the sealed remote Optical Line Terminal (OLT) comes with flexible powering options, including power-over-coax making the unit particularly suitable for cable operators.
“A number of MSOs are moving ahead with strategic fiber network buildouts as they wait on DOCSIS 4.0 product availability. These MSOs are relying on remote OLTs, which give them the flexibility to deliver fiber from existing node locations,” Jeff Heynen, VP Broadband Access and Home Networking, Dell’Oro, said.
Dell’Oro Group is projecting global remote OLT revenue to grow to over $100 million by 2026. Nokia was the 2021 market share leader for XGS-PON equipment, today’s gold-standard for fiber broadband, Seven out of 10 fiber homes in the USA are served using Nokia FTTH kit, Dell’Oro said.
Nokia’s Lightspan SF-8M will provide deployment flexibility with gigabit and multi-gigabit services. The unit’s IP-67-rated sealed enclosure enables installation anywhere in the outside plant, on a strand, inside or outside a cabinet, or on a pole or wall.
“Fiber upgrades are happening three years sooner than expected. The Lightspan SF-8M provides the perfect solution for cable operators that want to quickly increase capacity and flexibly migrate to fiber-to-the-home,” Mark Klimek, Business Center Lead for North America, Nokia Fixed Networks said in a news statement.
The Lightspan SF-8M remote OLT, based on the Nokia Quillion chipset, is suitable to support residential, business, and mobile transport services. Lightspan SF-8M will support eight GPON, XGS-PON, or multi-PON ports, or four 25G PON ports.