Nokia, Allo to deploy gigabit fibre network

by LYDIA NATHAN / pic by TMR FILE

FINNISH-BASED telecommunication company Nokia Corp has been chosen by Allo Technology Sdn Bhd to deploy a gigabit fibre network in Melaka, Johor, Negri Sembilan and the East Coast of Malaysia.

Allo — a Malaysian-based telecommunication service provider — aims to improve broadband quality and coverage, reduce broadband price and expand fibre networks in Malaysia in line with the government’s National Digital Network initiative.

The deployment is slated to be completed by the second quarter of 2021, and will include Nokia’s Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution and access management system, covering almost 150,000 home passes.

Once completed, end-users will be able to enjoy a high-speed broadband network and applications that require high capacity.

The future-ready fibre network will enable Allo to increase its revenue as it will be able to support new use cases like smart cities, smart poles, edge automation, 5G backhaul and enterprise services, while Nokia’s solution will enable Allo to better manage bandwidth in line with the requirement for different services.

Allo CEO Rodzi Ahmad (picture) said by utilising Nokia’s expertise, the group will be able to accelerate the rollout of fibre services over the next two years.

“This enables us to offer high-speed broadband to a greater number of people in keeping with the vision of Malaysia’s fiberisation initiative. We are pleased to partner with Nokia to bring the next generation fibre services to our enterprise and residential users,” he said.

Nokia head of enterprise for Asia Pacific and Japan Stuart Hendry said field-proven solutions will help Allo support the growing demand for bandwidth and provide network flexibility.

“Nokia’s solution will enable Allo to bring down costs and offer new and exciting services to its customers. The initiative will help build a future-ready network capable of meeting the ever-growing data demand,” he added.

Rodzi said Allo is also currently conducting field trials with Nokia’s next-generation XGS-PON products which could be deployed where the network requires even greater bandwidth, up to 10-gigbyte per second symmetrical.

Meanwhile, Nokia stressed that 5G will be transformative for asset-heavy industries that may have missed out on the initial digital revolution.

Nokia head of South-East Asia Daniel Jaeger said its transformative nature lies in its ability to bring a quantum leap in low latency and ultra-reliability connectivity that was not possible with previous technologies.

“Despite the economic challenges due to the pandemic, 5G adoption across South-East Asia has been accelerating, and 5G adoption is about to arrive in Malaysia. We believe that the nation’s enterprises and people are ready and looking forward to tap into the growth and innovation prospects that the next generation of connectivity holds,” he said at Nokia’s Media Roundtable recently.

According to Jaeger, conventional connectivity solutions remain limited in its reliability, security, multi-user capacity, performance and mobility to make optimal use out of IR4.0 technologies and applications unlike 5G.

“In contrast, 5G can unlock unprecedented productivity gains and connect all elements of industries and enterprises. This makes it a significant evolution over current long-term evolution (LTE) solutions, as 5G builds on LTE vertical differentiating capabilities, with important enhancements that are specifically relevant for industry,” he noted.