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Wessex Internet accelerates fibre rollout with Nokia DWDM solution

Dorset-based internet service provider (ISP) is upgrading the capacity of its network following the successful deployment of Nokia’s 10Gbps XGS-PON technology. The ISP will now additionally deploy Nokia’s dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) solution to have further impacts on capacity. 

Wessex Internet’s existing full fibre network across Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire has traditionally been deployed using a point-to-point architecture. Roll-out of the new XGS-PON infrastructure has already begun across its network, with customers in Sunrise Business Park, Blandford the first to be connected to the new network technology earlier this year.

The move to XGS-PON and roll out of Nokia’s DWDM solution is designed to enable Wessex Internet to accelerate its roll-out, reduce equipment and power requirements and ensure the network is future-proof as customers’ demand for high bandwidth services increases. The technology is being used in roll outs in North Dorset and the New Forest, which are part of Project Gigabit, the UK government’s flagship £5bn programme to enable hard-to-reach communities to access lightning-fast gigabit-capable broadband.

Hector Gibson Fleming, CEO of Wessex Internet, says: “Our partnership with Nokia is a fantastic step forward for Wessex Internet, which is already delivering improvements to the capacity and resilience of our network. But more importantly, this partnership gives us a clear technology roadmap which is future-proof. This ensures our network will deliver the speeds and reliability that our customers need for decades to come, fulfilling our mission to ensure that rural communities are not left behind as technology changes.”

Phil Siveter, UK&I CEO/CSO at Nokia, says: “We are proud to partner with Wessex Internet to help bring high-quality 10G/s broadband services to their residential and business customers. As demand for Gigabit and symmetrical services grows, next-generation fibre technologies like XGS-PON play a critical role in delivering and supporting the enhanced ultra-broadband services customers require today and in the future.”

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