Monday, May 30, 2005

Siemens Supplies Optical Access Network in Kuwait

The state Ministry of Communications in Kuwait has commissioned Siemens Communications to completely upgrade its access network in six urban areas from copper to fiber. Under the EUR 40 million contract, Siemens will deploy a Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) to deliver up to 2.5 Gbps to each fiber. A single optical fiber is then fanned out over passive splitters and laid in a star configuration to each building. There the link is terminated at an ONT or for a large number of users at an ONU (Optical Network Unit). The network termination is equipped with one or more Ethernet and voice interfaces for standard telephony. The rollout is scheduled to take place over three years. The first users are set to be connected via the optical fiber network in spring 2006.