Andorra Telecom has selected Chinese vendor Huawei to upgrade its nationwide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network,allowing the operator to provide customers with download speeds of up to 300Mbps, and supporting potential speeds of up to 10Gbps. Rapid TV News writes that Huawei will upgrade the telco’s current EPON system to GPON, and deploy its optical line termination (OLT) module, which delivers ultra-broadband speeds through the Next-Generation Passive Optical Network (NG-PON) standard. The project is expected to be completed by January 2018, and will not require Andorra Telecom to update its optical distribution networks (ODN), reducing CAPEX for the telco. The agreement also covers the provision of optical network terminations (ONT) and Wi-Fi routers for customers, allowing Andorra Telecom’s users to manage their fibre services via a single device.
As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Andorra became the world’s first nation to reach 100% coverage with FTTH technology in May 2010, and by March 2015 it had completed the migration of all broadband subscribers to the new platform.