Nokia is helping Vivacom Bulgaria build its next-generation fiber network

13. 10. 2020 Tuesday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

Nokia's solution will enable Vivacom to efficiently grow its fiber network and become the first to appear with 10Gb / s broadband services in Bulgaria. The Nokia solution allows Vivacom to evolve seamlessly using existing assets and incremental investments.

October 12, 2020

Sofia, Bulgaria - Nokia and Vivacom have signed the expansion of the GPON network in Bulgaria and the introduction of XGS-PON in strategic locations. XGS-PON will enable Vivacom to offer 10 Gbps symmetric broadband services to residential and business customers, a tenfold increase over the current top-of-the-line service.

Vivacom, a leading fiber access provider in Bulgaria, focuses on accelerating broadband coverage across the country. As part of this initiative, Vivacom extends the GPON network into new areas, replacing active Ethernet infrastructure with PON, and upgrading top tier customers to XGS-PON. Vivacom chose Nokia as a sole network equipment supplier. The agreement represents an important milestone in the existing long-term relationship between the two companies.

Nokia solution enables Vivacom to make a smooth evolution by leveraging the existing assets and making incremental investments. High capacity symmetrical 10Gbs services create new business opportunities and help Vivacom prepare for 5G. The roll-out is based on Nokia Lightspan series FX, which enables easy evolution from current traditional deployments to virtualized access-network control and management (SDN – Software Defined Networking) by software upgrade.

Atanas Dobrev, Vivacom CEO, said: “Vivacom, being already at the forefront of European mobile operators offering unparalleled mobile network speed, which has deservedly won us Ookla’s Q1/Q2 2020’s prize for Europe’s fastest mobile network, has taken a major step to ensure fastest fiber broadband access in Bulgaria. Trusting Nokia with building best in class XGS-PON infrastructure we set the course towards providing 10Gbps 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, said: “We see an increasing momentum for fiber 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 more

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