Nokia and Furukawa team to boost optical LAN stakes in Latin America

Aug. 25, 2022
Furukawa now becomes Nokia's partner for deploying optical LAN technology in the Latin American enterprise market, starting in Brazil.
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Nokia has announced its signing of a strategic alliance with network cabling expert Furukawa Electric to accelerate optical LAN technology deployments in Latin America.

Optical LANs provide ultra high bandwidth to support multiple critical applications and use cases for business services based on advanced optical fiber technologies. Nokia says it has deployed optical LAN systems for 450+ enterprise customers across the globe, including hotel chains, manufacturers, airports, schools, healthcare providers, governments, and others.

Optical LANs, also known as POLs [passive optical LANs], are used in commercial buildings and campuses to provide local area network connectivity, and can offer significant advantages over traditional copper-based solutions.

Nokia notes that POL solutions provide lower energy consumption, increased security, more scalable deployments and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Furukawa is a market-leading specialist in copper cables and optical fiber within Latin America. With the new strategic alliance agreement, Furukawa will incorporate Nokia’s optical networking equipment into its Laserway passive optical LAN solution, marketed by its partner ecosystem to the enterprise market.


“The partnership between Furukawa and Nokia brings to our customers a state-of-the-art and innovative solution that allows great benefits in sustainability with reduction in power consumption, and at same time delivers a reliable and secure technological platform enhancing corporate governance.” -- Helio Durigan, Vice President Executive, Furukawa

“Because of fiber’s unlimited bandwidth potential, optical LAN is the ultimate long-term solution, available at 10Gb/second speeds today, but easily scalable to 25Gb/s with a simple change in the optics. Nokia has deployed mission-critical networks to more than 2,200 leading enterprise customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale, and public sector segments around the globe, and we’re proud to be partnering with Furukawa, who has a long history of working with businesses in Brazil for technology integration and validation.”  -- Marcelo Entreconti, head of enterprise for Latin America, Nokia

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