Ericsson has bagged a new contract from China Unicom to supply its gigabit-capable passive optical network (GPON) solution in more than ten provinces across China. With Ericsson’s high capacity EDA 1500 GPON system, China Unicom aims to offer the highest speed and capacity broadband access available on the market. The contract marks China Unicom’s first large-scale deployment of GPON technology. The new infrastructure and smart management system will enable Unicom to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) across the country faster and at a lower cost. Deployment has already begun.