Nokia Unveils 25G PON Fiber Modem to Accelerate High-Speed Internet Deployment

Nokia has announced the launch of its latest innovation, a symmetrical 25G PON fiber modem, aimed at attracting telecom operators which are building high-speed broadband network.
Nokia symmetrical 25G PON fiber modemThis groundbreaking technology promises to catapult internet speed to new heights, being 20 times faster than current gigabit solutions. With a compact design, the modem can be effortlessly installed on walls, within buildings, or in outdoor enclosures, ensuring immediate access to lightning-fast internet connectivity.

The demand for high-speed broadband access is surging, driven by users’ increasing reliance on quality multi-gigabit services for both residential and business purposes. From the burgeoning Metaverse and cloud gaming to cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 applications, users now seek multi-gigabit services capable of meeting their evolving broadband needs.

Nokia’s 25G PON fiber modem not only meets this demand but also sets the stage for future-ready networks that can address the ever-growing need for enhanced broadband services. Operators can seamlessly upgrade their existing GPON or XGS PON networks, ushering in true 10Gbps speeds and beyond with unparalleled ease. This upgrade is poised to significantly enhance business productivity for enterprises while providing consumers with immediate access to the bandwidth required for bandwidth-intensive applications such as AI, gaming, and security.

Geert Heyninck, General Manager of Broadband Networks at Nokia, emphasized the significant business benefits that the 25G PON ecosystem offers customers. He highlighted the efficiency of Nokia’s new fiber modem, asserting its ability to support a myriad of services and applications in the fiber-for-everything era.

Echoing this sentiment, Jeff Heynen, Vice President of Broadband Access and Home Networking at Dell’Oro Group, underscored the substantial growth witnessed in 25G PON deployments and the 25GS-PON MSA (Multi-Source Agreement) Group. Heynen pointed out the technology’s ability to coexist with existing infrastructure seamlessly, without necessitating additional feeder fiber or ODN elements.

The unveiling of Nokia’s 25G PON fiber modem complements the company’s expanding 25G PON portfolio, which includes the Lightspan FX, DF, and MF fiber access platforms (OLTs), as well as the industry’s pioneering 25G PON sealed fiber access node tailored for cable operators.

Key features of the 25G PON ONT product include its compatibility with GPON, XGS-PON, and 50G PON on the same ODN, a hardened and compact design suitable for various deployment scenarios, and symmetrical 25 Gb/s throughput using pluggable optics. Additionally, the modem offers frequency and time-of-day synchronization functions for mobile transport and can seamlessly connect cell sites to transport mobile traffic over PON networks in plug-and-play mode, thereby meeting the capacity, latency, and synchronization requirements of 5G networks. Moreover, it supports demarcation point functions for enterprise and wholesale services, further enhancing its versatility and utility.

Nokia, which has shipped more than one million 25G PON ready ports to date, says 25G PON is ready to be activated in more than 150 networks worldwide. Nokia says the eco-system for 25G PON is mature with more than 60 operators, system vendors, chipset and optical suppliers part of a MSA focused on standardizing and accelerating the technology.

Some of the operators currently deploying 25G PON include Google Fiber, EPB, Vodafone Qatar and OGI. There are more than 30 operators trialing 25G PON for residential, mobile fronthaul and business connectivity applications.