Finnish altnet builds competitive 10G fibre network

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Start-up alternative network provider, Fibernet covers Finland, where much of the country can access 4G mobile broadband coverage. However, increased demand for high-bandwidth, reliable internet means that fibre connections are a necessity. 

Some of the more established service providers have began to build fibre networks, but Fibernet took the decision to invest in a fibre trenching approach that allows it to build its network much faster. 

Fibernet selected the Adtran 10G Fiber Access Platform to build an XGS-PON fibre network that will connect 50,000 customers in its first phase. The platform leverages the symmetrical upload and download speeds of XGS-PON technology, to help future-proof the network against growing demand for high-bandwidth cloud and streaming services. 

A key factor for Fibernet was supply availability - in Finland, the ground can be frozen for five months each year. The long winters require well-planned building seasons and hardware deliveries must be on schedule during the warmer months, so the ability to order most of the hardware from a single vendor will help to better ensure on-time deliveries.

Janne Ahola, CEO at Fibernet said: ‘While Fibernet is new to this market, our leaders have deep experience in implementing superior broadband networks. We selected Adtran because of its experience in both the fibre access and altnet markets, and together we make a great team. We understand that fibre is the only way to supply fast and reliable network connections that can scale with subscriber demands. Adtran provides a solution that can help us meet those needs today and in the future.’

Stuart Broome, vice president of sales, EMEA at Adtran added: ‘Fibernet has a key advantage with its micro-trenching technology that lets it build its fibre network much faster. With Adtran in its network, Fibernet can match that innovation with a 10G fibre access platform that will provide reliable, high-quality services today and grow with them as subscriber demands evolve.’

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