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Netia partners with Nokia to deploy ‘Europe’s first’ vDAA cable network

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Polish operator, Netia is to deploy Nokia’s unified cable access solution to increase the network capacity needed to support surging bandwidth demands.

Initially targeting the cities of Warsaw and Krakow, the deployment will create what Nokia says is Europe's first fully virtualised distributed access architecture (vDAA) cable network, enabling Netia to deliver enhanced ultra-broadband services to residential and business customers, whilst expanding into new service areas.

High data traffic growth is globally placing pressure on cable operators' hybrid fibre coax (HFC) networks, leading them towards software-driven, all-IP DAAs, which increase the capacity of existing networks. Nokia's solution is based on a vDAA, which delivers greater space, power savings, and flexibility, enabling Netia to establish an architecture that can support competitive Gigabit and IPTV services over greater distances. By moving the cable access layer functions in its headend and hub sites to the access nodes that sit closer to customers, legacy cable-specific hardware can be eliminated, extending the reach into new communities.

Deployment will begin in Q4 2018, after which, the operator will be able to effectively replace analogue optical transmission with 10Gb/s Ethernet, establishing an all-IP architecture capable of backhauling and transmitting digitised video over long distances. Andrzej Abramczuk, president of the board, general director at Netia commented: ‘To support the growing demand for new ultra-broadband services in Poland, we need to quickly grow our network in both capacity and reach. With Nokia's unified cable access solution, we can more easily deploy and deliver new services that ensure our customers receive the best TV experience and fastest Internet speeds in Poland.’

Added Federico Guillén, president of Nokia Fixed Networks: ‘We are excited to be working with Netia to build a network capable of delivering some of Poland's fastest broadband speeds.’

Nokia also recently signed a €500 million loan transaction with the European Investment Bank (EIB), to help accelerate the research and development of 5G technology (see Nokia secures €500million EIB loan for 5G research).

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