Nokia reveals new gigabit access solution for cable operators
The gigabit access solution enables cable operators to deliver multi-gigabit services over the existing coaxial cable in MDU buildings where fibre installation can be more tricky
Nokia is adding a MoCA Access solution to its Gigabit Connect portfolio. The move is designed to give cable operators additional options for serving customers in multi-dwelling units (MDUs) that can be difficult to access with fibre.
The integrated FTTH and MoCA Access solution links the two. The addition of MoCA enables multiple system operators to deliver multi-gigabit services over the existing coaxial cable in MDU buildings where fibre installation is not feasible, as well as in coax-wired commercial buildings such as hotels and hospitals.
A simpler way of connecting MDUs
Cable operators are upgrading their networks to fibre for its performance, scalability and reliability benefits. However, fibre installation in MDUs can require significant construction work and coordination with building owners and tenants, making the process complex, costly and time consuming for operators. In older MDUs, cable routing and structural access may make fibre installation impossible.
The new Gigabit Connect solution allows operators to combine fibre and MoCA Access to connect subscribers in MDUs. Nokia’s MoCA access solution connects to the FTTH network, uses the building’s existing coax, and is managed as a single system. MoCA also allows for coexistence with legacy services, including terrestrial, satellite and cable TV and DOCSIS.
Geert Heyninck, Vice President of Broadband Networks for Fixed Networks at Nokia, says: “Solutions like MoCA, are going to play an important role in helping operators connect customers to gigabit speeds in difficult to reach buildings. The addition of MoCA to our Gigabit Connect solution enables cable operators to move to fibre faster and better serve locations that are too difficult or expensive to run with fibre. The integration also makes it easy to operate since both the FTTH and MoCA can be managed as a single network.”