Sri Lanka Telecom to deploy next generation FTTH network

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Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is set to deploy a new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

The work is part of the provider’s accelerated fibre initiative and will enable SLT to bring new high-speed broadband services to more than 200,000 enterprise and residential users across the country.

The initiative falls under the firm’s National Digital Roadmap (NDR) and ‘Limitless You’ programmes, announced last year to develop two million FTTH ports by 2022. SLT is rapidly enhancing its broadband footprint in Sri Lanka to better respond to growing ultra-broadband demand from customers. 

SLT has selected fibre solutions from Nokia to help achieve high symmetrical download and upload speeds, along with new enhanced broadband services supported by next generation XGS-PON technology. The aim is to ensure its network is future-proofed, enabling it to evolve to virtualisation and software defined access networks (SDAN) by software upgrade.

Kiththi Perera, chief executive officer at SLT said: ‘By fully utilising the fibre-technology, we are looking to expand our customer offerings. Together SLT and Nokia will continue working towards the ultimate goal of improving broadband connectivity in Sri Lanka.’

Upendra Samaratunge, managing director at Nokia Sri Lanka & Maldives, added: ‘We are excited to support SLT’s fibre initiative and provide the tools, resources and expertise that the company needs to deliver enhanced broadband access to customers.’

Fibre networks have allowed 5G trials to take place across areas of South Africa such as Port Elizabeth (MD_Photography/Shutterstock.com)

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