Starman, the largest cable operator in the Baltic States, plans to deploy a 10-gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10G EPON) across Estonia beginning in Q4 2016. The new network will deliver ultra-broadband services to residential customers living in Estonia and meet growing customer demand for high-speed, high-quality triple-play (voice, Internet and cable) services. Furthermore, the solution supports DOCSIS provisioning over EPON (DPoE), which allows for a low-touch integration into the existing cable network and DOCSIS back-end systems. The solution also includes Nokia's Optical Network Termination (ONT) devices, providing consumers with the latest generation gigabit Wi-Fi technology.
Nokia said the contract shows "how cable operators globally are considering deep fiber and fiber-to-the-home deployments as a realistic and cost-effective alternative to upgrading their current DOCSIS 3.0 Hybrid Fiber Coax networks to 3.1, in order to meet subscriber demands." Starman is the first European cable operator to commercially deploy a 10G EPON fiber access residential solution for brownfield deployments.
"After careful consideration of the different technology options, we determined that Nokia's 10-gigabit fiber network would allow us to deliver the best service and end-user experience to our customers. We chose Nokia because of their unique ability to provide both the latest technology innovations and expertise from their top specialists. When investing in the Internet services we bring to our customers' home, ensuring the technology is future-proof is essential. Today we are choosing solutions that can allow for symmetrical connections greater than 1Gbps, enabling us to skip some current technological developments and take a seat on the new high-speed 10G train," Starman Group Technology Director Jaanus Erlemann.