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NTE and Icotera enter partnership to deliver gigabit access by optical fibre

Norwegian-based NTE has chosen Icotera as its supplier of optical fibre CPE gateway products. The initial deployment will be the roll-out of a gigabit fibre network to NTE’s business segment in Norway.

NTE, a major Norwegian utility company, has selected Icotera as its CPE partner for the company’s introduction of a new delivery method for its optical fibre services to the business market. This partnership enables a new and automated value-chain for NTE Market by using the IGW-3000-P2P CPE gateway from Icotera.

The optical fibre CPE from Icotera was chosen because it matches the technical requirements of NTE, as well as providing each customer with a fibre CPE comprising the latest technology, capable of delivering symmetric 1 Gbps services. In addition, NTE acknowledges the benefit of Icotera’s in-house technical support together with R&D, production, service & support - all located in Europe, as an important parameter for choosing Icotera.

THis follows a string of recent announcements concerning symmetrical 1Gbps services. Verizon and AT&T recently confirmed that they will be upgrading network capacity over the coming months to deliver 1Gbps services - in small trials, with larger rollouts planned for the future. Bell labs, the research arm of Alcatel Lucent recently demonstrated 10 Gbps transmission using copper, technology that could be used to provide symmetrical 1Gbps services to users that do not have access to FTTH style deployments

The network is built and managed by NTE, which will also deliver the services to the CPE, as well as customer service and technical support locally.

Tom André Sandal, Technical Manager, NTE said: ‘NTE considers Icotera to be a visionary technology company, with many years of solid experience in fiber CPE solutions. Icotera worked with us closely before, during and after the selection phase, which made the overall experience a very positive one for both us and our customers. Looking into the future, Icotera has also been open-minded and solution-oriented to our new feature requests, and we therefore have great confidence in their ability to support our company in the future.’

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