Nokia Partners with ZCorum to Streamline Deployment of PON Solutions for Cable Operators

Nokia, a global leader in telecommunications technology, has joined forces with ZCorum, a managed broadband services and software provider.
Nokia GPON technologyThis strategic partnership aims to facilitate seamless deployment of Nokia’s leading PON (Passive Optical Network) solutions for small and medium-sized cable operators, enabling swift adaptation to escalating bandwidth needs and competitive market dynamics.

By leveraging ZCorum’s hosted, cloud-based OSS (Operational Support System), integrated with Nokia’s fiber access solution, cable operators can expedite their rollout of Nokia GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network), XGS-PON, and 25G PON networks.

The integration eliminates the necessity for time-consuming integration and onboarding processes, with ZCorum managing the solution entirely. This allows operators to redirect their focus to critical aspects of their business operations.

ZCorum has already secured contracts with several cable operators, including Sjoberg’s Cable in Thief River Falls, MN, and Limestone Cablevision in Maysville, KY, to implement Nokia’s PON products, encompassing Optical Line Terminals (OLTs), Optical Network Terminals (ONTs), and Wi-Fi Beacons. Operators will utilize ZCorum’s application interface to create and manage fiber packages, subsequently activating them using an Altiplano Access Controller hosted and managed by ZCorum.

With more than 13 million Nokia OLT ports and over 140 million Nokia ONTs deployed worldwide, Nokia remains a pivotal player in the global telecommunications landscape. Dell’Oro’s data for 2022 identified Nokia as the market share leader for XGS-PON equipment, highlighting its preeminence in the fiber broadband domain.

For cable operators catering to enterprises, pre-aggregating DOCSIS nodes on PON can lead to a 40 percent reduction in total cost of ownership, accompanied by a 35 percent decrease in power consumption and floor space requirements compared to point-to-point networks. A majority of Nokia’s PON networks are managed through Altiplano, an open and programmable platform offering a comprehensive suite of network management functions and software-defined networking (SDN) controls.

Arthur Skinner, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at ZCorum, commended the collaboration, stating, “Nokia is a great partner for us to work with. Together we now provide an economical, turn-key solution for small to mid-sized operators deploying Nokia fiber that reduces their upfront costs, significantly speeds time to market, and makes ongoing network management effortless.”

Mark Klimek, North America Business Center Head for Fixed Networks at Nokia, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “ZCorum has been an excellent channel partner, and we are excited to further extend our relationship with the integration of Nokia’s Altiplano into their OSS. Together, we are making it even easier for cable operators of all sizes to deploy Nokia PON solutions with which they can respond to and preempt competitors, expand revenue-generating services, and better serve their customers.”

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