The headline is the whole story. Two North American telcos have told me they need a smaller unit. They don't want to pay for 16 ports when they only need 4 or 5. Nokia has announced one. The unit is shipping.
Price is undisclosed, which means the price is based on how hard you negotiate and how much Nokia wants your business. Alcatel used to have deals with large carriers for a flat per port price no matter which size DSLAM they are using. I don't know if they still make that offer, but the customers loved it.
There's very little to say here. The market wants the product so I'm including it.
I would love to add to this report that Nokia's new gear supports longer loop lengths, as they claim below. Unfortunately, they don't say longer than what, provide an estimate of rate/reach, or release test data.
If it reached longer than their last generation of G.fast, that wouldn't be news. All the chipmakers have been improving their early chips. Everyone's getting better.
If it's significantly longer than other vendors, that would be very interesting. The last independent data I have is about five months old. An outfit I trust found that units based on Broadcom chips (like Nokia) did about as well as those with Sckipio chips. I'd love to have more recent, reliable test data.
Nokia expands G.fast deployment options, facilitates massive roll-outs for operators
October 13, 2016
Nokia extends G.fast micro-node portfolio with solutions that provide higher densities and longer looplengths from cabinets and distribution points
Nokia brings programmability and automation to the copper access network to accelerate G.fast deployments by 50 percent
Software-defined networking and network function virtualization (SDN/NFV) improve accessibility, serviceability and turn-up time
Espoo, Finland – Nokia has expanded its portfolio of G.fast micro-nodes to help operators accelerate ultra-broadband deployments and deliver faster data speeds to end-customers using existing copper networks. The G.fast micro-nodes provide a simple, flexible plug-and-play solution that can scale in line with demand, allow for both distribution point and cabinet deployment models and cut roll-out times in half.
Service providers are increasingly turning to technologies like G.fast, which uses existing copper networks to deliver fiber-like speeds to customer over short distances, to meet growing demand for gigabit services. However, to achieve these speeds, G.fast technology typically requires the deployment of micro-nodes to be installed close to end-users. This can be challenging for operators to deploy, configure and manage at scale.
To help operators scale and accelerate G.fast deployments, Nokia is strengthening its portfolio of micro-node solutions to help:
Deploy more G.fast – Nokia’s industry-leading transmission and vectoring technology allows operators to deliver G.fast over longer distances and to more users from a single node. As a result, G.fast can now be used from cabinet, pole, manhole or in-building locations, providing a range of cost-effective deployment models.
Deploy G.fast quicker -Zero-touch provisioning allows operators to quickly power up and auto-configure each node and avoid local software loading and local provisioning. This provides a “connect-and-go” option which reduces time of deployment by 50 percent.
Deploy G.fast better - Accessibility and serviceability of G.fast micro-nodes is improved with SDN/NFV and NETCONF/YANG capabilities. Nodes are pre-provisioned from the cloud and seamlessly deployed in the network. This helps operators to efficiently scale and manage the network from any location.
Federico Guillen, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks business group, said: “Nokia’s G.fast micro-nodes enable operators to further extend the benefits of G.fast without the added complexity or time once required to do this. Flexible deployment options for both larger and smaller systems are key to optimizing the business case for massive G.fast roll-outs. We also use SDN/NFV to simplify and automate the management process and deliver tangible benefits to operators - allowing them to accelerate G.fast deployments and extend ultra-broadband services to more people, quickly”
Teresa Mastrangelo, senior analyst at Broadbandtrends, said: “The ability to support a wide range of use cases in a cost-effective manner is key to wide-scale deployment of G.fast. These additions to the Nokia G.fast portfolio provide operators with the necessary tools to meet these objectives in a competitive manner.”