New Zealand wholesale fixed line provider Chorus has partnered with Nokia to demonstrate 25G PON broadband technology at the Chorus Fibre Lab in Auckland, achieving a download speed of 21.4Gbps. The test was conducted on the same fibre strand that also showed over 930Mbps over GPON and 8Gbps over XGS-PON, a technology marketed as ‘Hyperfibre’ in New Zealand, Chorus noted.
Chorus CTO Ewen Powel commented: ‘When we started our ultra-fast broadband journey, we knew GPON was a future-proofed technology. In 2020, we proved that with the launch of Hyperfibre using Nokia’s XGS-PON, which offers Kiwi businesses and high-end residential users symmetrical speeds up to 8Gbps. Today, we’re delighted to be partnering with Nokia to show the next step on the journey. For Chorus, what’s truly outstanding about 25G PON is the ease with which it will integrate with our existing fibre infrastructure, enabling service providers to upgrade their customers on demand. It will play an important role in supporting New Zealand’s future connectivity fabric.’