Nokia has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Tata Play Fiber to launch India’s first Wi-Fi 6-ready broadband network. With increasing broadband usage in both residential and enterprise areas, there is significant demand for new, high-capacity broadband connections. To meet this demand, broadband networks need future proof fibre and in-home solutions that can scale in line with evolving end-customer needs.

Nokia will supply Tata Play Fiber with a range of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and Wi-Fi gear to support its broadband network expansion across India. Specifically, Nokia will provide its state-of-the-art optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network terminal (ONT) with Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi mesh Beacons.

With Wi-Fi 6 Tata Play Fiber can offer differentiated services and deliver a rich, indoor user experience for its customers. The new deployment provides an intelligent mesh Wi-Fi 6 solution that allows users to enjoy high-speed internet in every corner of the home. The easy-to-install solution supports low-latency applications such as gaming and can deliver gigabit speeds to multiple devices on the Wi-Fi network. Network security is also enhanced with support for the WPA3 standard.

A key feature of the Nokia solution is its mesh technology which will ensure seamless coverage for large customer premises and areas with barriers like concrete walls. Nokia’s Wi-Fi 6 mesh technology is ideally suited to residential homes with large and/or multi-floor spaces, as well as for SOHO enterprises, which represent a large addressable market in India. Another differentiating feature of the Nokia solution is the use of its artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) software to identify traffic patterns, faults and potential outages in the gigabit passive optical network (GPON) so as to optimise the end user experience.  

Commenting on the agreement, Anand N Sahai, chief executive officer (CEO), Tata Play Fiber, said,Our partnership with Nokia allows us to bring Wi-Fi 6-ready network to our customers – which is a first in the category. The deployment of this next generation best-in-class optical networking solution will boost up speed and coverage for multiple smart gadgets in all tech-dependent homes and enterprises.”

Meanwhile, Vinish Bawa, head, enterprise, Webscale and Emerging business, Nokia, India,  said,Nokia has been the world leader in OLT technologies, and we are proud to be a close partner for Tata Play Fiber in India. This deal is an extension of the work we have already done together and will also notch up a first for India by upgrading the network to be Wi-Fi 6 ready.”