Nayatel to deploy Pakistan's First Gigabit Passive Optical Network

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that Nayatel (Pvt) Ltd. is preparing to deploy the first gigabit passive optical network (GPON) in Pakistan; to provide its customers with the most advanced triple-play services – such as high-definition television, innovative telephony services and ultraband Internet access. Nayatel’s Pakistani customers can expect the new network to be up and running by the end of 2009.

“In 2005, Nayatel was the first operator to deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network solution in South Asia, and today we have once again pioneered the Pakistani market by becoming the first adopter of GPON technology in the country,” says Wahaj us Siraj, CEO, Nayatel. “With Alcatel-Lucent’s industry-leading GPON solution, we will be able to offer our customers a whole new range of next-generation, ultraband applications that leverage our network’s true gigabit speeds. All in all, we will soon be able to offer our customers a service experience which was once only dreamed in this part of the world,” he adds.

“Nayatel’s GPON deployment in Pakistan, will enable their end-users to truly experience the power of next-generation triple-play services,” said Vincenzo Nesci, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in the Middle East and Africa. “This contract highlights Nayatel’s continuous confidence in our solutions and expertise,” he adds.

A passive optical network (PON) is a network architecture that brings fiber cabling and signals to the home using a point-to-multipoint scheme that enables a single optical fiber to serve multiple premises.The GPON (Gigabit passive optical network) standard differs from other PON standards in that it achieves higher bandwidth and higher efficiency.

In a PON (Passive Optical Network) architecture, one fiber is run from the optical line terminal, or OLT, in the central office to a passive splitter in a remote terminal where it is split 32 or 64 times to reach individual homes equipped with optical networking terminals. In this point-to-multipoint scenario, there are no active components in the field, and the fiber is shared.

In contrast, an active Ethernet solution in FTTH (Fiber To The Home) context is point-to-point from the central office to the home unless distance requires fiber to be aggregated in a remote cabinet and lit with active optical components from which point-to-point fiber connections are run to a network interface device at each home.