Nokia and Openserve successfully conduct trial to provide higher-speed broadband to more customers sooner

Via Nokia

Jul 9, 2017

  • Nokia's innovative technology allows Telkom to offer fiber-like speeds to more customers, more quickly by leveraging existing copper deployments in typical Multi-Dwelling-Units, without the need for any further fiber deployments within such buildings.

Cape Town, South Africa - Nokia and Telkom South Africa's wholesale division Openserve have successfully conducted a trial of technology in an office complex in Pinelands, South Africa, reaching fiber** **-like speeds over existing copper infrastructure as deployed in buildings. This trial is a dry-run for Openserve's commercial deployment of later this year, meaning it will soon join the top 10 companies worldwide deploying the technology, part of its drive to rapidly expand its footprint across South Africa.

The results of the trial demonstrated an aggregate bandwidth (upstream and downstream) of 900Mb/s on short copper loops, and speeds of 500Mb/s downstream and 250Mb/s upstream on an existing copper line at a distance of 150m.

Nokia's technology uses the last few hundred meters of existing copper located in a building to deliver ultra-broadband access to customers, and it will allow Openserve to meet demands for fiber-like broadband speeds without significantly increasing operational cost . The built-in vectoring technology reduces cross-talk interference between copper lines, hence improving data speeds. technology is increasingly being used in areas that are cumbersome to reach with fiber, allowing operators to deploy fiber-to-the building instead of each individual apartment unit - the most expensive and time-consuming part of a fiber-to-the-home deployment. As uses existing copper lines, it reduces disruption and lowers the barriers with home owners in multiple-dwelling complexes and home owner associations for granting permissions to upgrade infrastructure on their properties.

Openserve CEO Alphonzo Samuels said: "We completed testing Nokia's technology in our labs, and are extremely pleased with the results. provides us with a great alternative in scenarios where the length of the copper tail is 150m or less. Moreover, the business case is convincing. With, we have found a way to maximize the usage of some of our existing network infrastructure, while avoiding any disruption or possible harm to the aesthetics of the real estate. Nokia is our long-term innovation partner, and we take pride in continuing down that path, bringing more high-speed broadband services to citizens and business customers in South Africa."

Daniel Jaeger, head of Central, East and West Africa at Nokia, said: "This is one of the first trials worldwide, and we are proud to be a part of it. Service providers are grappling with different technologies to meet the ever-growing demand for high-speed internet, and this innovative solution allows them to use existing infrastructure to cater to market demand. offers the unique combination of fiber-like speeds with very limited additional investment needed, low-hassle deployments, and faster return-on-investment.'

Nokia is the industry leader in technology with more than 40 individual customer trials completed and 10 customers commercially deploying around the world, including Openreach, Chunghwa Telecom, A1 Telekom Austria, Energia Communications and Frontier.

Did you know?

  • - the ITU-T's G.9701 specification - was approved in December 2014 and is designed to provide gigabit broadband connection speeds over a single twisted pair cable in existing copper infrastructure.
  • Nokia's allows service providers to offer ultra-broadband speeds in hard to reach places and in a shorter time frame


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