Etisalat, Huawei to trial 40Gbps GPON technology
Fibre network to lay groundwork for services such as VoIP, high-speed Internet, and IPTV
UAE's Etisalat Group and China-based manufacturer Huawei today announced the signing of an agreement to test an ultra-fast 40Gbps Gigabit passive optic network (GPON) across Etisalat's footprint in the coming four years.
Etisalat Group and Huawei outlined the roadmap for trialing a "first of its kind" 40Gbps fibre network that Etisalat hopes can eventually offer "more reliable, faster, and affordable" broadband services to homes and businesses.
GPON technology is designed to provide the speed and bandwidth required for seamless services including voice over IP, high-speed Internet, and IPTV.
"The future of the digital society remains a promising one as people, businesses and cities become more profoundly connected through vibrant information and communication technologies," said Hatem Bamatraf, chief technology officer at Etisalat.
"Etisalat Group remains committed to bringing its customers the latest and most advanced services. We have focused on constantly enhancing our networks, creating strong partnerships, and bringing innovative technologies to our markets."
"We look forward to pioneering new fibre optic services in the Middle East together with Etisalat and making it possible to enjoy a more immersive communication experience at home or in the office," said Said Alan Wang, president of Huawei, Etisalat Global Key Account. "The 40G GPON technology will further enable Etisalat to integrate future upgrades with existing GPON deployment plans, giving more control over the total cost of operation throughout the entire life cycle of the network."
Fibre GPON technology is emerging as the future of fixed networks given its scalability and compatibility with legacy infrastructure. The technology is being deployed nationwide in countries like Singapore for its next-generation Nationwide Broadband Network initiative.