Openreach and Nokia partner on tests of ‘25G PON’ technology

19 Jul 2021

Openreach, the infrastructure unit of British fixed line incumbent BT, has partnered with Finnish vendor Nokia to conduct the UK’s first tests of ‘25G PON’ technology, which is reportedly capable of delivering downlink speeds of up to 25Gbps over a single optical fibre. The pair note that the technology can run on the same underlying infrastructure that Openreach is already building across the UK, and suggest that, with further field trials to test compatibility with existing technologies, the companies hope to be able to develop an even wider range of services and speeds. Having already tested the 25G PON technology at Openreach’s Adastral Park lab in Ipswich, the two companies are now said to be planning to launch a field trial by the end of 2021.

Commenting, Peter Bell, Director, Network Technology at Openreach said: ‘As the country’s largest digital infrastructure provider, it’s crucial that we continue to plan, innovate and evolve our network, to make sure we have the capacity and capabilities that the UK needs in the future … The Full Fibre network we’re building today is going to be the platform for the UK’s economic, social and environmental prosperity, and these trials prove that we can keep upgrading the speeds and services our customers experience over that network for decades to come.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach), Nokia, Openreach