Altibox to boost speeds on fibre network to 1Gbps

23 Aug 2013

Norway’s Altibox, which claims to be the country’s largest provider of consumer fibre services with around 70% of the consumer FTTH market, is upgrading its network, ZDNet reports. It is understood that work being carried out by Cisco will more than double the potential downstream and upload speeds offered to customers. ‘Customers can expect up to 1Gbps after the upgrade,’ said Nils Arne Bakke, general manager at Altibox, adding: ‘And remember that this is fully symmetrical point-to-point switched capacity. We are not building networks based on passive optical networks (PON).’

This is reportedly the first phase in a total overhaul of Altibox’s network, which will focus on the core network as well as the distribution layer in the topology; the initial stage of the project is expected to be complete by the end of 2014. Mr Bakke did, however, note that in order to implement all of the new functionality offered by the upgrades, equipment at customer premises will need to be updated, stating: ‘This is an entirely new network structure, and it will give us easier and more reliable operation and maintenance. The intelligence in the network will be moved from the edge to more central units, providing us with a safer, quicker and easier ways to implement new services in the future.’