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Nokia and NBN Co, the company building Australia’s national broadband network, have announced another "significant milestone" in their partnership, with the deployment of the first G.fast-capable Distribution Point Units onto the NBN.

Nokia, which is one of the NBN Co's original strategic partners, says it has developed a DPU solution uniquely designed for Australian conditions and NBN’s requirements.

The dual-mode units are currently delivering services in VDSL2-mode and provide NBN the ability to remote activate 212Mhz G.fast when they choose to launch higher bandwidth services.

Nokia says NBN Co will be the first operator in the world to deliver 212Mhz G.fast via in-ground DPUs, typically around 40 metres from customer premises.

“By using 212Mhz spectrum, NBN will be able to effectively double the capacity of G.fast and achieve close to 2Gbps aggregate upstream and downstream speeds. Nokia also provides nbn with crucial Software Defined Access Network management capabilities that help to streamline processes and improve customer experiences over its multi-vendor FttC network,” Nokia said in a statement released on Monday.

Nokia stressed that it had a long history of keeping NBN “at the cutting edge of broadband access technologies and understanding how to evolve its networks for emerging and future demand”.

“This has included trials of G.fast and XG-FAST for copper networks, Universal NG-PON for fiber networks and Full Duplex DOCSIS (XG-Cable) for HFC. A 2018 G.fast lab trial with nbn delivered speeds of 1.1 Gbps down and 400 Mbps up over a 70-metre copper cable,” Nokia says.

Peter Ryan, chief network engineering Officer at NBN Co, said: “Nokia is a long-standing strategic partner for NBN and has played a key role helping NBN meet our deployment goals and understand our options for network evolution.

“I am very pleased that we are taking this next step together on our journey of delivering cutting-edge technology to Australians with our first deployment of G.fast copper acceleration technology onto the NBN FTTC network. Having this technology in the ground today gives us additional flexibility to meet end-user demand as it evolves.

“NBN Co is well on its way to meeting its mass deployment goals to deliver super-fast broadband to every home and business across Australia,” says Zoltan Losteiner, head of Oceania at Nokia.

“Nokia is very proud to have been part of this journey and to employ our unique insight to help NBN best plan its future network evolution. NBN has the benefit of open evolution pathways in each of its network domains and the deployment of G.fast is a key milestone in the capability of its FttC network.”

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