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Nokia announces MF-14, the world’s most advanced fiber optic broadband platform

Espoo, Finland, October 17, 2022 – Nokia today announced the launch of the world’s first 6th generation broadband platform. The platform is designed for a “Fiber-for-everything” world, where fiber optic broadband networks evolve into a single infrastructure for all services. New Lightspan MF-14 platform extends the high end of Nokia’s fiber broadband portfolio with

comes with unrivaled capacity, low latency, intelligence, six-nines reliability, and the highest power efficiency, enabling operators to meet broadband demands for decades to come. The new platform will debut at the Network X event in Amsterdam, October 18-20.

– Nokia Lightspan MF-14 is the world’s first Gen 6 broadband platform capable of converging all services on a single fiber optic infrastructure.

– The platform is being piloted with operators worldwide and is planned to be deployed by the end of the year.

– MF-14 is designed for the new era of fiber optic broadband for large-scale deployment of 25G, 50G and 100G PON networks, which meets the broadband needs of operators in the next few decades.


Nokia Lightspan MF-14 (Source: Nokia website)

The industry is entering a “Fiber-for-everything” era. Once operators deploy fiber-to-the-home, their networks go through every building on the street, as well as through homes, meaning they can connect businesses and other services. Optical PON will be able to support high-bandwidth consumer services, Industry 4.0 applications, commercial connectivity, 5G transmission and smart city services. This creates more revenue opportunities, lowers TCO, and significantly reduces overall power consumption. This new era of broadband, named Broadband 6 by the World Broadband Association (WBBA), requires new technological solutions. Nokia’s groundbreaking Lightspan MF-14, the world’s first Gen 6 optical line terminal (OLT), has been selected by customers deploying 25Gb/s networks in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

Geert Heyninck, vice president of broadband networks at Nokia, said: “Fiber to the home is becoming ‘Fiber-for-everything’. This is due to several technological advances, most notably higher speed PON technology to accommodate all new services, And SDN brings more intelligence to the network. If you think about it, the large number of connection points on the fiber makes it a real-time view of everything that is happening in the network, fully automate network control, and perform operations without service interruption. challenges. Our current product portfolio does a good job of supporting many of these needs for today’s and future services, but we are also looking ahead. The MF-14 platform will be suitable for planning large-scale 25G PON, 50G and even 100G PON in the same environment operator.”

Erik Keith, senior research analyst for broadband infrastructure at S&P Global, said in his recent report: “The PON market is at a critical juncture in network evolution, and fiber broadband is about much more than residential connectivity. By leveraging existing fiber With broadband networks, there is a huge opportunity for service providers to connect everything more efficiently. After all, fiber optic cables originally laid in residential areas can also run through commercial buildings such as offices, hospitals, and government properties. This approach eliminates many An overlay network that minimizes street digging and drastically reduces energy use.The new Lightspan MF-14 OLT enables operators to deploy a solution that lasts for decades while providing a platform that is The platform can exponentially improve network performance compared to most networks.”

MF-14 is based on new, advanced hardware and separate software design, which is a leap forward in fiber access solutions. It is the industry’s highest capacity platform and the only solution that can deliver 25G, 50G and 100G PON services at scale. It is also the industry’s first OLT with six-9 availability and sub-millisecond latency for mission-critical Industry 4.0 and 5G transport services.

Frontier Communications is the first company in the United States to trial 25G PON and the first company to evaluate MF-14 in its field network. Scott Mispagel, National Senior Vice President of Construction and Engineering at Frontier, said: “We are proud to be the first to use the next-generation platform. This is another way we are delivering the fastest broadband possible to our customers. MF The -14 platform will allow us to achieve 100G transmission using existing fiber optic networks, and our network speeds will continue to exceed cable and other technologies in the future.”

In July this year, CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full-fiber infrastructure platform, signed a 10-year equipment agreement to support its nationwide network upgrade. Cityfiber Chief Technology Officer John Franklin said: “As we accelerate full fiber rollout to serve a third of the UK market by 2025, demand for these networks will accelerate. The flexibility and capabilities of the MF-14 will help us meet The needs of our partners and their customers for generations.”

Lightspan MF-14: A leap forward in fiber access solutions

– The capacity is 4 times higher than the previous generation, ensuring smooth development to large-scale connections of 25, 50, and 100G.

– No single point of failure, ensuring the highest availability on the market (6 9s). This is important because consumers and businesses depend on uninterrupted broadband with uninterrupted broadband.

– Sub-millisecond latency required for 5G transport and Industry 4.0 applications.

– 20% more energy efficient than the industry average, so operators can connect more points on the fiber network, achieving sustainability goals while reducing overall power consumption.

– Modular software architecture, more flexible to upgrade software and add new functions with less workload and time.

– SDN programmability and open API to enable control functions through Nokia or third-party network control functions.

– Fast telemetry and digital mirroring in the cloud for enhanced network overview.