Nokia MF-14

Nokia and Australian network operator NBN are claiming the world’s first demonstration of 10G, 25G, 50G and 100G speeds over a live fiber broadband network. Essentially, they are using using multiple next-generation PON technologies to deliver four broadband data speeds.

The demonstration featured Nokia’s MF-14 Lightspan platform and delivered 10G, 25G, 50G and 100G on the same fiber. This illustrates that operators can use the same passive and active components to support a wide variety of user needs.

“There is a huge opportunity for operators to leverage their existing fiber broadband networks to efficiently add advanced services which goes way beyond consumer services,” Geert Heyninck, Nokia’s vice president of broadband networks, said in a press release about the Nokia PON news.

“Think enterprise, mobile backhaul, Smart City, Industry 4.0. It’s important for service providers to have choices to match the right speed and cost points to meet the different use cases. As the industry’s first and only solution capable of supporting the full range of PON technologies from 10G to 25G, 50G, and even 100G, we can give operators the freedom and flexibility to meet their business needs while also helping to optimize network performance and reduce costs.”

The MF-14 platform has four times the capacity of the previous generation, Nokia said. In addition to supporting 10G, 25G, 50G and 100G connectivity, Nokia said that the platform has no single point of failure vulnerability and offers “six nines” availability.

The MF-14 platform also features:

  • sub-millisecond latency for 5G transport and new industry 4.0 applications;
  • 20% higher power efficiency and modular software architecture;
  • programmability via a software-defined network (SDN);
  • Open application programming interfaces (APIs) and control functions by Nokia or third parties;
  • Network overviews provided by fast telemetry and digital mirror in the cloud.

Nokia has been quite aggressive on 25G PON, the fastest commercially available PON technology today.

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  1. 50G PON OLTs and ONTs are commercially available from Fiberhome, Huawei and ZTE. It is fair to say that 25GS-PON is the fastest commercially available in the US (and certain allied countries).

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