Etisalat, Huawei take to 40Gbps GPON technology

Etisalat Group, Asia and Africa and Huawei, an information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced on Thursday the signing of a new agreement that will see the two companies - for the first time in the region - working together to trial ultra-fast 40Gbps GPON Technology across Etisalat Group footprint in the coming four years.

Etisalat Group and Huawei outlined the roadmap for trialing a 40Gbps fibe network that can eventually offer more reliable, faster, and affordable broadband telecommunication services to households and businesses. The project is based on GPON (Gigabit Passive Optic Network) technology, which can 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 Group.

"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. GPON is the underlying core technology that is being already being deployed nationwide in countries like Singapore for their next generation Nationwide Broadband Network initiative.


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