Brazilian full-service telecoms operator Oi has agreed a long-term technology partnership with Finnish vendor Nokia to enable Oi to meet increasing demand for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity, while expanding mobile broadband coverage and capacity in preparation for the 5G era. As part of a series of agreements, Nokia will work to extend the telco’s FTTH network to cover ten million homes by 2021. Nokia will also continue the expansion of Oi’s optical transport network (OTN), delivering up to 10Tbps capacity throughput using DWDM and IP routing technology. In terms of mobile improvements, Nokia will deploy its AirScale single RAN solution across the country to support 2G, 3G and 4G services, while preparing for the delivery of 5G.
Eurico Teles, CEO of Oi, commented: ‘We expect that this long-term technology partnership agreement will allow us to consolidate our suppliers and benefit from greater operational efficiencies as we continue our restructuring process.’