Nokia and Filipino broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions announced plans to deploy fibre to the home ultra-broadband services on the island of Mindanao, to connect over 300,000 homes and businesses over the next three years.
In a statement, Nokia said the deployment uses fibre access nodes from the Nokia Lightspan FX series, which Nokia claimed enables the Filipino company to use its fibre more “efficiently” and allows progression to next-generation technology such as: XGS-PON, 25G PON, next-generation PON line cards and Software-Defined Access Network through a software upgrade.
Nokia said the deployment was “pivotal” to laying down foundations for the Philippines digital future, as it aims to provide access to affordable broadband in one of the far-flung regions in the country.
Dennis Anthony Uy, founder and CEO of Converge ICT said: “Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, people have started to increasingly use digital platforms to complete a number of day-to-day tasks for which they demand an agile broadband network. Our network infrastructure will allow us to provide best-in-class broadband network to our subscribers especially during unprecedented times like these. We are confident that Nokia's fibre solutions will enable us to enhance the overall quality of our services.”
Don Abad, head of customer team at Nokia Philippines added: “We are delighted to support Converge ICT in its mission to provide superior broadband services to its customers. Our fibre solutions will help Converge ICT bring enhanced ultra-broadband services to its subscribers across the Mindanao region while our 7360 ISAM FX product portfolio will enable them to capture a greater share of the lucrative broadband services market.”