Safaricom deploys Nokia’s GPON technology

The ever-increasing devices and connections, as well as a recent increase in remote-working requirements globally due to COVID-19, Safaricom decided to deploy state-of-the-art fibre access network using Nokia’s Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (GPON) technology, to address the exponential surge in bandwidth demand and consumption.

James Maitai, Director Network of Safaricom Kenya

The solution will deliver capacity and reliability needed today, while being ready from day 1 for future proof capabilities, such as next-generation PON, software-defined access networks (SDAN) and 5G transport. This will enable Safaricom to expand and upgrade its network as needed while making the most of its fibre investment. Safaricom’s fiber access network is ready to be upgraded to 10Gb/s when needed, and deliver business value for decades to come.

Deployment of Nokia’s GPON will enable Safaricom to seamlessly expand broadband services and support commercial 5G services by upgrading to Nokia’s Next-Generation-PON. With a robust and future-ready network aided by automation, Safaricom can cater to an array of requirements – whether it is planning a new build, a mass migration or some tactical update.

James Maitai, Director Network of Safaricom Kenya, said, “Nokia has demonstrated a product roadmap that will meet our existing GPON and future XGS-PON technology demands coupled with a software offering that will aid in more complete automation of provisioning of customer services. They will enable us to better manage cost and derive even more value from our significant wireline investment.”

Safaricom – which is already in the process of initiating a country-wide FTTx rollout in Kenya – will further benefit from Nokia’s future-proof ISAM portfolio that enables customers to efficiently upgrade to NG-PON, SDAN and automation in provisioning when network requirements demand these services.

Having Nokia as a trusted partner can enhance the fast-track journey of CSPs owing to our rich customer-driven portfolio of solutions. Nokia’s GPON and FTTx solutions are designed to cater to the changing demands of the masses while preparing for the possible challenges in future. We are working harder than ever to realize the 5G dream. Get in touch with us to make us a part of your 5G journey.