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Nokia and Telecom SudParis join forces to show advantages of ultra-broadband networks to French municipalities

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Paris, France - On the occasion of the inauguration of the ETOILE building on the Telecom SudParis campus by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Nokia and Telecom SudParis join forces to develop the 'Très Haut Débit' (THD) platform hosted in ETOILE: an ultra-broadband fiber optic network to experiment and demonstrate the advantages of very high speed communications.

Nokia will assist Telecom SudParis in developing new applications to enable the future smart city concept which local authorities, enterprises and inhabitants of all French communities will be able to benefit from. For Nokia, the "THD" platform gives it a new partnership with a key player in broadband, lets it experiment with architectures and demonstrates the performance of the equipment and the variety of possible deployments to our partners and local authorities.

Based on their longstanding relationship, Nokia and Telecom SudParis will contribute to France's broadband ambitions expressed in the government's "Plan Très Haut Débit". The program aims to bring ultra-broadband access to 100% of homes in France by 2020 via a mix of fiber and next-generation copper technologies.

Nokia is providing Telecom SudParis with its fiber access solutions, which are based on the market-leading ISAM FX platform. This enables speeds of 1Gbps for each connected user or device using GPON technology, and can easily extend to 10Gbps symmetrical with XGS-PON and TWDM-PON technologies. This high-capacity solution provides a base for the services and application innovation that will bring benefits to French communities.

On top of this platform, Telecom SudParis will carry out experiments and demonstrations of the equipment and different architectures, especially applied to remote medical consultation systems, 4K High Definition videoconferencing, real-time 3-D videogame streaming, network security, innovative mobile services on 5G backhauled over fiber, multicast 4K video, smart energy solutions including public lighting, hygrometry and the Internet of Things.

A universal, sustainable and secure ultra-broadband infrastructure helps communities bridge the digital divide and create a foundation for greater competitiveness. It brings broad social and economic benefits and creates opportunities for people to enrich the way they innovate, do business and share knowledge.

Christophe Digne, Director Telecom SudParis, said: "The THD platform is a prime example of our reference platforms that create strong links with the industrial world."

Federico Guillen, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group, said: "It is our ambition to help France and its communities develop a high-performance broadband network that is capable of helping boost the local economy, raise employment and prepare communities for the digital age which inevitably will affect everyone's lives. Consumer and enterprise appetite for broadband continues to grow, and countries actively investing in broadband even in the most remote areas will be best positioned to compete in the hyper-connected global economy."

Did you know?

  • Nokia is partnering with universities worldwide on developing and testing ultra-broadband networks
  • Our research team based in Paris-Saclay plays a key role in Nokia's R&D strategy
  • The Nokia Paris-Saclay team works in close collaboration with all universities and research institutes in this very dynamic local ecosystem
  • Launched in the spring of 2013, the "Plan France Très Haut debit" aims to cover the entire country with ultra-broadband by 2020, with high-performance Internet connection to all houses, enterprises and administrations. To achieve that goal, France has announced plans to invest EUR 20 billion over ten years' time, divided between private operators, local authorities and the state.
  • Community Broadband in other countries has proven to greatly enhance local economies. A university study estimates that from 2011-2015, Chattanooga's (Tennessee) gigabit passive optical fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network for broadband services and smart grid generated incremental economic and social benefits of $1.3 billion and around 5,200 new jobs - an estimated benefit of $2,832 to $3,762 per county resident.

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About Telecom SudParis

Telecom SudParis is a leading public graduate school of engineering known for its excellent level in the field of digital sciences and technology. The quality of its programs is based on the scientific excellence of its faculty members and teaching methods focused on project management, innovation and inter-cultural knowledge. Telecom SudParis is part of Institut Mines-Télécom, France's leading group of engineering schools, supervised by the Ministry of Industry. It shares its international campus with Telecom Ecole de Management. Télécom SudParis is a member of Université Paris-Saclay. The 105 full time professors of Telecom SudParis contribute to the education of 1,000 students including 700 engineer and Master students and 180 doctoral students. www.telecom-sudparis.eu

About Nokia

Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives. 

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. www.nokia.com

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Telecom SudParis
Sandrine Bourguer
Phone: +33 66 71 70 13 90
E-mail: Sandrine.bourguer@telecom-sudparis.eu
To visit the Telecom SudParis Evry Lab, contact: olivier.martinot@telecom-sudparis.eu

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Phone: +32 3 240 45 97
E-mail: kathleen.de_smedt@nokia.com

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