Nokia and Belgian full-service operator Proximus have turned on what they claim to be the world’s fastest fibre network, deploying the very first live network based on the Finnish hardware supplier’s symmetrical ‘25G PON’ technology. Operating over existing fibre and Nokia equipment deployed in the Proximus network, the infrastructure connecting the Havenuis building in the Port of Antwerp with Proximus’s office in the city centre achieved speeds of 21Gbps during a demonstration conducted at the media event. Nokia executives admitted during the webcast press conference that its 25G PON technology will not be ready for large-scale deployments until 2022, with enterprise and 5G backhaul applications expected to be the first to leverage 25G.
Commenting in a press release, Proximus Group CEO Guillaume Boutin said: ‘The activation of the first 25G PON network worldwide shapes our bold ambition to be a trendsetter, to become a reference operator in Europe and, why not, across the globe. Together with Nokia, we have achieved a technological leap forward that will become a key enabler of the digital economy and society that we stand for.’