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Nokia Siemens to focus on DSL, optical access

Posted: 22 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fiber-to-the-home? GPON? broadband access? optical access?

Nokia Siemens Networks plans to focus on DSL and next generation optical access technology and limit its investment in existing gigabit passive optical networks (GPON).

An enormous hunger for bandwidth is driving the fixed broadband access networks and will lead into a hundred-fold traffic growth until 2015. This development and the operators' need for revenue growth are driving Nokia Siemens' investment in fiber-based next generation optical access (NGOA) technologies. The company will also limit its investment into existing GPON as the mass market roll out of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is unlikely in the short term.

Nokia Siemens will develop NGOA technologies aiming to take a leading role in the future FTTH market. The company will also continue its fixed access investment in DSL by introducing new products addressing the increasing deployment of FTTC/B.

"Fiber is progressing closer to the home with the focus today on fiber-to-the-curb or building with last mile connectivity based on proven DSL technology," said Christoph Caselitz, Nokia Siemens chief market operations officer. "Our view is that mass market roll out of fiber-to-the-home is unlikely in the short term due to regulatory uncertainty and the operator's business cases. This will be different with the NGOA technology, where we will target to take a leading role."

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