Nokia has announced the signing of a distributor agreement with Chugoku Electric Power Company-owned Energia Communications (EneCom) to sell its G.fast fixed ultra-broadband access technology in Japan. Established in April 1985, EneCom provides voice telephony, broadband access and MVNO data services to residential and business customers in Japan’s Chugoku region under the remit of the country’s Telecommunications Business Law (1985). The vendor says the deal forms part of a partnership to deliver commercial G.fast – i.e. delivering customers fibre-like speeds over copper cable over short distances, such as in apartment buildings with no fibre connections – via a reseller model for next generation ultra-broadband access in the country.
Commenting on the development, Satoshi Kumagai, CEO of Energia Communications, said: ‘Ten months ago we became Nokia’s first G.fast technology customer in Japan and one of the first customers worldwide. We have been very happy with the service and have complete trust in Nokia’s capability and strengths of its fixed access business, which is why we decided to take the relationship forward as a successful business partnership/reseller model.’