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Tunisie Telecom Completes Successful Field Trials of Technology with Adtran

Tunisie Telecom (TT) has successfully completed a series of lab and field trials of technology with Adtran.

The successful trials were able to deliver ultrafast and Gigabit services, which have reached up to 800 Mbits/s at a distance of about 100 metres over existing copper infrastructure, while demonstrating full IP integration and readiness for NFV/SDN network automation.

“The outcome of these trials has been very positive in testing possible directions for our future broadband access development. They show how a technology such as can be used to increase the value of our existing infrastructure while satisfying greater bandwidth demand, allowing more agility and reducing time-to-deploy,” said Nizar Bouguila, CEO at Tunisie Telecom.

“Another key consideration was enabling quality-of-service for customer traffic differentiation, confirming that would allow us to serve the needs of our business customers as well as expanding our footprint in B2B marketplace”, he added.

TT’s extensive Adtran trials were timed to coincide with the hottest period of the year, where outside air temperatures in the capital city, Tunis, regularly exceed 40oC (104oF), and hit 50oC (122oF) within cabinets and distribution points. The trials have also seen the advanced reverse-powering capability of the Adtran 500G series of Distribution Point Units (DPUs) put under particular scrutiny, as it enables rapid rollout of ultra-broadband services to premises where the status of electrical power supply is uncertain.

“Choosing technology as a key part of its global access vision will ensure Tunisie Telecom is well-equipped to face new competitive challenges and provide the step-change in broadband performance that subscribers demand, wherever they are,” said Ronan Kelly, chief technology officer for EMEA and APAC at Adtran.

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