Nokia and Furukawa sign Optical LAN deal covering Latin America

Nokia and Furukawa sign Optical LAN partnership covering Latin America

Nokia has entered a strategic alliance with network cabling firm Furukawa Electric that will see the partners accelerate optical LAN deployments in Latin America.

Based on advanced optical fibre technologies, optical LANs provide ultra high bandwidth to support critical applications across multiple use cases. Nokia has extensive experience of deploying the tech, having deployed optical LANs for over 450 enterprise customers globally, including manufacturers, airports, schools, healthcare providers and governments.

Optical LANs, also known as POLs, are used in commercial buildings and campuses to provide local area network connectivity, offering significant advantages over traditional copper-based solutions. These solutions provide lower energy consumption, increased security, more scalable deployments and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Furukawa is a market leader for copper cables and optic fibre in Latin America. With this 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.

Helio Durigan, Vice President Executive, Furukawa said: “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.”

Marcelo Entreconti, Head of Enterprise for Latin America, Nokia, said: “Because of fibre’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.”

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