The growing importance of fibre connectivity in India is underlined by a new deal this week between India’s Tata Play Fiber and infrastructure tech giant Nokia.
Nokia has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Tata Play Fiber – a subsidiary of DTH satellite company Tata Play that is building pan-India fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband infrastructure – to launch India’s first Wi-Fi 6-ready broadband network.
With increasing broadband usage in both residential and enterprise areas, say the partners, there is significant demand for new, high-capacity broadband connections.
Nokia will supply Tata Play Fiber with a range of FTTH and Wi-Fi gear to support its broadband network expansion across India. Specifically, Nokia will provide its state-of-the-art optical line terminal (OLT), optical network terminal (ONT) with Wi-Fi 6, and Wi-Fi mesh beacons.
Nokia says the easy-to-install solution supports low-latency applications such as gaming and can deliver gigabit speeds to multiple devices on the Wi-Fi network. Network security is also enhanced, with support for the Wi-Fi Alliance-endorsed WPA3 standard.
A key feature of the Nokia solution is its mesh technology, which will ensure seamless coverage for large customer premises and areas with barriers like concrete walls.
Nokia says its Wi-Fi 6 mesh technology is ideally suited to residential homes with large and/or multi-floor spaces, as well as for SOHO enterprises, which represent a large addressable market in India.
The Nokia solution also uses AI/ML software to identify traffic patterns, faults and potential outages in the GPON network so as to optimise the end user experience.