Indonesian operator XL Axiata says that, working with Nokia, it has successfully deployed the first Wireless PON (WPON) service in the country following technology trials with with the vendor. Under the initiative, XL Axiata says it has introduced free broadband wireless services to people attending a regional sporting event in the Kota Tua area. The Nokia WPON solution successfully delivered 1Gbps aggregate broadband access speeds, Nokia said, by combining Passive Optical Networks (PON) with WiGig, a high speed, 60GHz standard otherwise known as 802.11ad. With WPON, the telco has been able to extend the reach of its fibre network by connecting to WPON access points which in turn connect endpoints with wireless drops. Beamforming is then used to bring reliable connections of up to 1Gbps to end users. Going forward, XL Axiata now intends to leverage the fixed wireless access (FWA) technology to bring new ultra-broadband services to residential areas in other major Indonesian cities.
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