Nokia demos Wireless PON WiGig gigabit solution

17 Oct 2017

Nokia has unveiled its hybrid Wireless Passive Optical Network (PON) solution, claiming an industry first which enables operators to offer gigabit broadband services to customers using WiGig wireless technology, eliminating the need to extend fibre all the way to a home or building. The Finnish vendor will be demonstrating the Wireless PON solution at Broadband World Forum in Berlin this month, with pilots, commercial trials and general product availability planned for 2018.

The fixed-wireless solution integrates Nokia’s PON technology with WiGig, a high speed 60GHz standard otherwise known as 802.11ad, which mounts on telephone poles, street lights or building facades, using beamforming to bring connections of up to 1Gbps to user premises located up to 300 metres away (via Nokia Wireless PON units mounted on the outside of a home/building). With the ability to connect multiple access points in a row or create a meshed network, the technology is aimed at fibre rollouts ‘to a street corner or neighbourhood’ instead of customer buildings, thereby saving costs.

Finland, Nokia