Tunisie Telecom completes field trials of G.fast technology with ADTRAN
Tunisie Telecom (TT), the Telecom Services Operator for both residential and business broadband solutions in Tunisia, has successfully completed a series of lab and field trials of G.fast technology with ADTRAN®, Inc, one of the providers of next-generation networking solutions.
Forming a vital part of TT’s vision and strategy towards digitisation, these trials demonstrate TT’s commitment to modernising its network and enriching its service portfolio in order to stay ahead of its competitors as customer requirements evolve. The successful trials were able to deliver ultrafast and Gigabit services, which have reached up to 800 Mbits/s at a distance of about 100 metres over existing copper infrastructure, while demonstrating full IP integration and readiness for NFV/SDN network automation.
“The outcome of these trials has been very positive in testing possible directions for our future broadband access development. They show how a technology such as G.fast can be used to increase the value of our existing infrastructure while satisfying greater bandwidth demand, allowing more agility and reducing time-to-deploy,” said Mr. Nizar Bouguila, CEO at Tunisie Telecom.
“Tunisie Telecom is committed to providing affordable high-speed broadband services on a widespread basis and these trials mark the first time we’ve taken a DevOps approach to deploying new services. Our network experts worked effectively with ADTRAN’s team to build, test and release trial results.
“Another key consideration was enabling quality-of-service for customer traffic differentiation, confirming that G.fast would allow us to serve the needs of our business customers as well as expanding our footprint in B2B marketplace.”
TT’s extensive ADTRAN G.fast trials were timed to coincide with the hottest period of the year, where outside air temperatures in the capital city, Tunis, regularly exceed 40oC (104oF), and hit 50oC (122oF) within cabinets and distribution points. The trials have also seen the advanced reverse-powering capability of the ADTRAN 500G series of G.fast Distribution Point Units (DPUs) put under particular scrutiny, as it enables rapid rollout of ultra-broadband services to premises where the status of electrical power supply is uncertain.
“Choosing G.fast technology as a key part of its global access vision will ensure Tunisie Telecom is well-equipped to face new competitive challenges and provide the step-change in broadband performance that subscribers demand, wherever they are,” said Ronan Kelly, chief technology officer for EMEA and APAC at ADTRAN. “We hope to extend our successful collaboration with TT to deliver the superior, differentiated high-speed service offerings it needs to win against mobile operators and new market entrants.”
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