Frontier taps Nokia XGS-PON for FTTH

Oct. 6, 2021
The XGS-PON deployments are part of a large-scale roll out of FTTH networks Frontier has launched coincident with its emergence from bankruptcy.

Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FYBR) and Nokia say the former has connected 100,000 homes to XGS-PON fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure using technology from the latter.

The XGS-PON deployments are part of a large-scale roll out of FTTH networks Frontier has launched coincident with its emergence from bankruptcy. Frontier had announced plans to deploy XGS-PON with Nokia prior to the bankruptcy proceedings.

“This is a big step forward for our fiber expansion plan, which will reach 600,000 new locations by the end of this year and a targeted 10 million locations by the end of 2025,” said Veronica Bloodworth, Frontier’s chief network officer. “Customers will enjoy lightning-fast connectivity so they can work, study, surf the internet, and enjoy the latest streaming entertainment.”

The symmetrical 10-Gbps capabilities of XGS-PON will future-proof Frontier’s FTTH network while providing it with a potential competitive advantage, the company’s stated.

“The demand for broadband and fiber to support and scale network upgrades is increasing exponentially,” said Sandy Motley, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks. “Our Quillion chip-powered solution is the most advanced technology on the market and is capable of fueling Frontier’s fiber expansion and helping deliver a superior experience unmatched in speed and reliability.”

“Fiber broadband technologies such as XGS-PON and 25G-PON are providing the foundation that operators need to meet customer demand and address future broadband requirements for both businesses and residences,” commented Julie Kunstler, senior principal analyst at Omdia, via a Frontier and Nokia joint press release.

-- Stephen Hardy, LIGHTWAVE

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