Polish operator Netia is deploying Nokia’s Unified Cable Access solution to significantly increase the network capacity needed to support surging bandwidth demands.
Initially targeting the cities of Warsaw and Krakow, the deployment will create Europe's first fully virtualised Distributed Access Architecture (vDAA) cable network and enable Netia to deliver enhanced ultra-broadband services to residential and business customers and quickly expand its network into new service areas.
Annual data traffic growth of 40-60% is placing enormous pressure on cable operators' Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks globally. To meet this growing demand, cable operators are turning to software-driven, all-IP Distributed Access Architectures (DAA), which increase the capacity of existing networks, reduce operating costs and improve signal quality. Estimated to be a $1.6 billion market by 20221, DAA architectures are becoming essential for cable operators looking to rapidly deploy new services and cost-effectively upgrade their networks.
Nokia's Unified Cable Access solution is based on a virtualised Distributed Access Architecture (vDAA) which delivers greater space and power savings, as well as superior architectural flexibility, compared to traditional DAAs. The solution will enable Netia to establish a fully distributed and virtualised access architecture that can support new, competitive Gigabit and IPTV services over great distances. By moving the cable access layer functions in its head end and hub sites to the access nodes that sit closer to customers, Netia can eliminate some of its legacy cable-specific hardware and significantly extend its reach into new communities. It also can increase the performance needed to ensure a better internet experience for subscribers.
Netia will begin deploying Nokia's Unified Cable Access solution, including the Gainspeed Access Controller and Gainspeed Access Nodes, into its network in Q4 2018. Once fully deployed, Netia will be able to effectively replace analogue optical transmission with 10Gbps Ethernet, establishing an all-IP architecture capable of backhauling and transmitting digitised video over long distances. This will help reduce the space and power costs in the hub while significantly increasing the network's capacity, reach and signal quality, thus improving ultra-broadband services for its customers.
Jaimie Lenderman, senior analyst at Ovum, said: "DAA is a key transformation in next generation cable access networks, enabling cable operators to deliver higher bandwidths and new service offerings to residential and business clients. Virtualised network functions and automation optimise network capability, producing a more efficient and agile cable network. Furthermore, the business case for DAA enables operators to realisze cost savings in the space-starved head end."
Andrzej Abramczuk, president of the board, general director at Netia said: "To support the growing demand for new ultra-broadband services in Poland, we need to quickly grow our network in both capacity and reach. With Nokia's Unified Cable Access solution, we can more easily deploy and deliver new services that ensure our customers receive the best TV experience and fastest Internet speeds in Poland."