Chorus tests a 25 Gbps fiber connection in New Zealand


“With the enhanced capabilities of the 25 Gigabit Passive Optical Network (25G PON), Chorus will be able to offer higher-speed data services to wholesale broadband providers and, in turn, residential and business customers. “, said the company.

25G PON is not yet commercially available, but Chorus expects large enterprises to see a “great upside” when it launches, with increased speeds and capacity allowing them to develop cloud connectivity at low latency as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) and metaverse applications.

“When we began our journey to ultra-fast broadband, we knew GPON was future-proof technology,” said Ewen Powell, Chief Technology Officer of Chorus.

“In 2020, we proved this with the launch of Hyperfibre which offers Kiwi enterprises and high-end residential users symmetrical speeds of up to 8Gbps. Today, we are thrilled to partner with Nokia to show the next leg of the journey.”

According to Powell, one of the advantages of 25G PON is the “ease with which it will integrate” into Aotearoa’s existing fiber infrastructure, allowing service providers to upgrade customers on demand.

“It will play an important role in supporting New Zealand’s future connectivity fabric.”

Nokia’s 25G PON solution is based on the Quillion chipset and can be quickly and easily deployed over existing networks, Chorus said.

“As the first operator to launch symmetrical 8 Gbit/s, Chorus has pioneered ultra-fast services with its Hyperfiber offering,” said Stefaan Vanhastel, CTO of fixed networks at Nokia.

“In this demo, Chorus showed both how easy it is to enable 25G PON and the scale and capacity it offers to support ever-increasing data demands.”


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