Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 02-08-2011

United Arab Emirates telco du has signed a deal with Ericsson for a gigabit-capable passive optical network (GPON).

Hatem Bamatraf, senior vice-president of network development at du, said: “The tie-up with Ericsson for GPON complements our state-of-the-art fibre to the home (FTTH) network, which we were the first to deploy in the UAE.

“This new solution will allow us to offer innovations, like fastest broadband (real broadband) and du TV to our customers. Ericsson’s GPON solution was one of the best solutions for us, and we hope that our partnership will further enhance our customers’ user experience."

With Ericsson's solution, du will be able to meet existing customer demand for advanced broadband services and transform its network into a ready-to-use platform for a new era of communications. Ericsson’s Deep Fiber Access solution consists of Ericsson’s EDA 1500 GPON solution, passive optical components, system integration and related services.

In the coming years, du will be able to implement new business models in which deployment and operations costs are split among different entities.

Ray Hassan, president and head of Ericsson Gulf Council Countries (GCC), said: “Today’s consumers are demanding more and better multimedia services, and this trend will only grow as broadband penetrates deeper into the UAE, a region already widely recognised as driving the fibre revolution.”