ZTE Selected by BelTelecom for GPON National Broadband Network Project
ZTE Corporation announced on May 30, 2011 that it had won BelTelecom’s national broadband network project in Belarus.
Under the contract, ZTE will use GPON technology to design and deploy a nationwide fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network for BelTelecom. As a major component of BelTelecom’s national broadband development strategy, this project aims to build a high-speed network that spans the entire country.
The project comprises multiple phases. The first covers all the seven regions of the country, including the capital of Minsk, with expansion planned for subsequent phases. Once completed, the project is expected to provide data and video services, as well as broadband applications such as distance education and telemedicine, across a high-speed Internet infrastructure. In addition, it will also deliver HDTV service to users across the country.
Belarus is a major member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with a population of about 10 million. As the top fixed-line operator of Belarus, BelTelecom operates all the fixed-line and data transmission services in the country and holds a stake in the top 3 local mobile operators.
As of 2010, BelTelecom had five million users. ZTE started to exclusively provide BelTelecom with an entire suite of IPTV products in 2007, and has since supplied the operator with more than 1.5 million ADSL terminals. Building on the cooperative relationship, ZTE participated in the testing and bidding for BelTelecom’s national broadband network project and was eventually selected as a key partner for FTTH construction.
ZTE’s FTTH solution is based on the ZXA10 C300next-generation integrated access platform, the, which provides it with the largest switching capacity in the industry. It uses a diverse range of optical network terminals (ONTs) to meet user requirements under different scenarios. Its well-rounded EasyService O&M solution enables terminal management, fast service deployment and fault diagnosis across the network. With advantages such as environmental friendliness, smooth evolution, and easy O&M, ZTE’s FTTH solution won BelTelecom’s recognition and praise.