Polish fixed line provider Netia is rolling out what has been described as Europe's first fully virtualised Distributed Access Architecture (vDAA) cable network.
The telco is working with Nokia on the project, which Netia is hoping will help it deliver enhanced broadband services to residential and enterprise customers, and expand its network into new areas.
Nokia will deploy its Unified Cable Access solution, which is based on vDAA, for the operator during the fourth quarter of this year and initially in Warsaw and Krakow. The technology will help it cope with surging data growth on its hybrid fibre coax network.
The vendor said annual data traffic worldwide was growing by 40-60 percent, which is forcing operators to move towards software-drive solutions to increase network capacity, reduce costs and increase signal quality. It has been estimated the DAA market will be worth $1.6 billion by 2021.
After deploying Nokia's Unified Cable Access solution, Netia will be able to replace its analog optical transmission with 10GBps Ethernet, reducing space and power costs in the hub while increasing network capacity, reach and quality.
Andrzej Abramczuk, President of the Board and General Director at Netia, said: "To support the growing demand for new ultra-broadband services in Poland, we need to quickly grow our network in both capacity and reach.
“Nokia is the only vendor that can provide an innovative approach and solution that allowed us to achieve huge capacity gains and expand into new areas without augmenting the metro network we had in place."