China’s ZTE Corporation and alternative Spanish fixed line operator Jazz Telecom (Jazztel) have announced that the latter’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network deployment is ‘progressing satisfactorily’ and has begun commercial operation.
As part of a FTTH framework agreement signed between the two companies in November 2012, ZTE and Jazztel outlined plans to construct a broadband network over a two year period that would cover approximately three million residential and business users. ZTE is providing Jazztel with an end-to-end turnkey solution that includes a full range of services including equipment, engineering and maintenance, and to make the FTTH network future-proof and scalable, the vendor is deploying a next-generation, integrated full-service optical access platform, the ZXA10 C300. This, ZTE claims, will allow for a smooth evolution to next generation passive optical networks (PON) and wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) PON technology. With Jazztel’s network construction mode having required a high density of PON ports, ZTE offered 16-port gigabit passive optical network (GPON) boards, which will reportedly save equipment room resources, significantly cut power consumption, reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), and improve profitability. Further, the vendor has provided the Spanish telco with a 1+1 (optical network terminal and home gateway) home networking solution that delivers high-quality access to diverse services including high speed internet, voice and video. Such a solution will reportedly meet Jazztel’s long-term service and bandwidth needs while also enhancing quality of experience and user satisfaction.
Speaking on the progress of the project, Jazztel CEO Jose Miguel Garcia Fernandez noted: ‘We are pleased to carry out this strategic cooperation with ZTE in building our national high-speed broadband FTTH network which will allow more users to enjoy the best of fibre network services in Spain.’