Published 27 May 2022

Chorus and Nokia demonstrate the future of fibre with their first trial of 25G PON broadband



Chorus and Nokia today announced the successful demonstration of 25 gigabit per second fibre (Gbps) broadband technology at the Chorus Fibre Lab in Auckland. The trial is part of Chorus' commitment to bringing the best technology to New Zealand, ensuring Kiwis continue to reap the benefit of ultra-fast fibre connectivity to meet surging data demands.

The demonstration at Chorus' Fibre Lab achieved an impressive 21.4 Gbps download speed. This test was on the same fibre strand that also showed over 930 Mbps over GPON and 8,000 Mbps over XGS-PON, a technology marketed as 'Hyperfibre' in New Zealand.

With the enhanced capacities of 25-gigabit passive optical networking (25G PON), Chorus will be able to offer higher speed data services to wholesale broadband providers and, in turn, to residential and business customers.

While not yet commercially available large businesses are expected to see great benefit from the increased speeds and capacity for their growing low latency cloud connectivity, IoT and industrial metaverse applications. As data usage continues to increase, high-quality broadband is becoming increasingly mission-critical for both consumers and businesses.

Chorus' Chief Technology Officer, Ewen Powell, said, "When we started our ultra-fast broadband journey, we knew GPON was a future-proofed technology. In 2020, we proved that with the launch of Hyperfibre using Nokia's XGS-PON, which offers Kiwi businesses and high-end residential users symmetrical speeds up to 8 Gbps. Today, we're delighted to be partnering with Nokia to show the next step on the journey.

"For Chorus, what's truly outstanding about 25G PON is the ease with which it will integrate with our existing fibre infrastructure, enabling service providers to upgrade their customers on demand. It will play an important role in supporting New Zealand’s future connectivity fabric."

Based on the energy-efficient Quillion chipset and available for the widely deployed Nokia fibre platform, Nokia's 25G PON solution can be quickly and easily introduced to existing networks.

Stefaan Vanhastel, CTO of Fixed Networks at Nokia said, "As the first operator to launch symmetric 8 Gbps, Chorus pioneered super-fast services with their Hyperfibre package. In this demonstration, Chorus has shown both how easy it is to activate 25G PON and the scale and capacity it provides to support ever-increasing data demands.”

ENDS

For further information, contact:

Steve Pettigrew
e. steve.pettigrew@chorus.co.nz
m. 027 258 6257

Image of Chorus New Zealand's 25G PON trial with Nokia in May 2022
Network Strategy Manager, Kurt Rodgers, at the Chorus Fibre Lab in Auckland. The main screen shows the 25G PON technology reaching 21.4 Gbps downstream, while simultaneously testing an 8 Gbps Hyperfibre connection on the left-hand screen.

 

 

About Chorus NZ
Chorus maintains and builds the phone and broadband networks that connect New Zealand homes and businesses to the world.

New Zealand's largest open-access internet infrastructure company, Chorus, provides wholesale telecommunications services to 90-plus phone and broadband retailers. Our network offers New Zealand's people, communities, and businesses greater access to ever-expanding opportunities with world-class broadband.

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As a trusted partner for critical networks, we are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

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