Vivacom Bulgaria accelerates broadband coverage with next-generation fibre network

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Bulgarian fibre access provider, Vivacom is accelerating its broadband coverage across the country. 
 
The initiative will see Vivacom extend its GPON network into new areas, and replace active Ethernet infrastructure with PON, upgrading top-tier customers to XGS-PON. The company selected Nokia as sole network equipment supplier for the work. 
 
XGS-PON will allow Vivacom to offer 10Gb/s symmetrical broadband services to residential and business customers, which the company says represents a 10-fold increase compared to the current top tier service.
 
Nokia’s Lightspan series FX solution will enable the provider to make a smooth evolution by leveraging the existing assets and making incremental investments from current traditional deployments to virtualised access-network control and management (SDN – Software Defined Networking) by software upgrade. High-capacity symmetrical 10Gb/s services create new business opportunities and help Vivacom prepare for 5G. 
 
Atanas Dobrev, CEO at Vivacom said: ‘Vivacom has taken a major step to ensure fastest fibre broadband access in Bulgaria. Trusting Nokia with building best in class XGS-PON infrastructure we set the course towards providing 10Gb/s broadband services, creating differentiating and more attractive service bundles. In addition, the high capacity fiber networks complement our mobile network and strengthen our position in the upcoming 5G world.’ 
 
Sandra Motley, president of fixed networks at Nokia, added: ‘We see an increasing momentum for fibre access deployments and upgrades to XGS-PON, especially now that the need for broadband access has dramatically increased. We are bringing Vivacom solutions that help it to smoothly evolve its networks by leveraging its existing assets and providing advanced capabilities for future growth.’

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