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Nokia (NOK) Teams Up With GFiber for 50G PON Speeds Trial

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Nokia Corporation (NOK - Free Report) recently collaborated with Google Fiber (“GFiber”), a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL - Free Report) , to unleash next-generation broadband connectivity. The two companies have successfully conducted a live network demonstration of 50Gb/s broadband speed over GFiber's existing fiber network, achieving a groundbreaking 50G PON (Passive Optical Network) milestone in the United States.

Based in Mountain View, CA, Alphabet is a leading tech company, evolving from a search-engine provider to cloud computing, ad-based video and music streaming, autonomous vehicles, healthcare providers and others. The tech giant’s unit GFiber caters to both domestic and business clients, providing Google Fiber and Google Fiber Webpass Internet services across the United States.

The 50G PON trial is based on the success of  25G PON deployment between Nokia and GFiber Labs, showcasing the flexibility and scalability of Nokia's Lightspan MF fiber access platform. By leveraging this platform, operators can effortlessly upgrade their fiber networks and meet the rising demand for faster and more secure connectivity.

Fiber technology has become increasingly crucial in connecting everything to high-speed Internet services, with operators using it to generate new opportunities with 25G PON services across the globe.

Nokia's Lightspan MF platform is designed to support a wide range of next-generation PON technologies such as 10G, 25G and now 50G PON. The ability to harness multiple PON options allows operators like GFiber Labs to choose the solution that best fits their specific use case and business needs, ensuring a seamless and cost-effective path to upgrade their broadband offerings.

The trial with GFiber Labs marks the second 50G PON trial that Nokia has conducted globally in the past four months, with the first one taking place with GFiber in the United States. It also solidifies Nokia's foundation as the first vendor to showcase all PON technologies (10G, 25G, and 50G) in a live fiber network, further strengthening its leadership in the XGS-PON technology market.

Nokia is gaining from the robust demand for next-generation connectivity. Higher demand witnessed in the Middle East & Africa is a plus. However, geopolitical turmoil and a challenging macroeconomic backdrop amid tough competition are concerning.

Shares of Nokia have lost 6.7% over the past year against the industry's growth of 47.4%.

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Nokia currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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