Ooredoo Qatar, in partnership with Nokia, has achieved a 40 Gbps download and upload speed using Nokia’s Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexing Passive Optical Network (TWDM-PON) innovative fiber technology in a trial in Doha.
The TWDM-PON, also referred to as NG-PON2 (Next Generation PON 2) technology, was deployed over Ooredoo’s existing single fiber network as an overlay to achieve this speed.
This overlay technology is capable of smoothly adding more capacity to existing networks, saving the additional cost of laying new fiber, Nokia said in a statement.
Nokia’s TWDM-PON technology delivers four additional wavelengths, each providing 10 Gbps upload as well as download speeds, eventually providing a total of 40 Gbps.
With this capability, Ooredoo Qatar will cost-efficiently upgrade its networks from the existing GPON (2.5Gbps) to XGS-PON (10Gbps) and in the future to TWDM-PON (40Gbps) using the same access node ISAM FX, the company said.
Waleed Al Sayed, chief executive officer of Ooredoo Qatar, said, the development is in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to boost the knowledge-based economy.
“Through the current successful trial with Nokia’s NGPON technology we are evolving toward deploying 40 Gbps speeds to provide a significantly enhanced broadband experience for individual subscribers and launching new, high-bandwidth services demanded by enterprise customers,” Al Sayed said.
The move will further help them deliver IoT, smart home, and smart city services in the country.
The trial is a testimony of Nokia’s leadership in the Fixed Access networks market, said Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia. “It also reiterates that Nokia continues to lead in the Fixed Access networks market. This technology will evolve Ooredoo’s network now and in the long term to meet the increasing data demand of subscribers across the country.”