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2016-10-17

NOKIA: Nokia and SK Broadband connect first customers with fastest fiber technology

* Nokia's universal next generation PON approach combines different
technologies on a single fiber, maximizing the use of SK Broadband's fiber
investment
* Aggregate speeds of 52.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) reached for selected SK
Broadband customers

Seoul, South Korea - Nokia and S
K
Broadband have provided the fastest fiber access speeds ever to a first set of
apartment buildings in Seoul, South Korea, reaching aggregate speeds of 52.5
Gbps.

SK Broadband is known as one of the leading service providers in fiber
ultra-broadband, in terms of network coverage, number of users and the speeds
offered. They have always been an early adopter and driver of broadband
innovation in the country. In 2006, SK Broadband was the first to
commercialize 2.5Gbps GPON technology. In 2014, they introduced the world's
first 10 Gbps Internet service jointly with the Ministry of Science, ICT and
Future Planning, and the National Information Society Agency using 10Gbps
E-PON technology.

With Nokia, they are now taking their fiber network to the next level. Reusing
the existing fiber network and access platform, on which they already have
deployed Gigabit Passive Optical Network technology (GPON) at 2.5 Gbps, they
can now boost speeds up to 52.5Gbps.

To do so, SK Broadband is using multi-dwelling units (MDUs) from HFR and
Nokia's universal next generation PON solution, making it possible to
aggregate different technologies on the existing fiber

* TWDM-PON with 40Gbps symmetrical
* XGS-PON with 10Gbps symmetrical
* GPON with 2.5Gbps

In addition to boosting speeds, universal next generation PON also brings the
benefit of cost-efficient upgrades and operational efficiencies thanks to the
wavelength mobility.

South Korea is known as the world's most connected country offering the
world's top upload and download speeds, and it has set clear strategic goals
to have Gigabit broadband available to all citizens by 2020.

With this latest generation of fiber access technologies, SK Broadband aims to
take its commitment yet one step further to offer speeds of 10 Gbps to all
its customers. This will boost the country's highly competitive business
environment as well as the innovations in broadband services delivered to the
market.

Yoo Ji-chang, Head of SK Broadband's Network Division, said:
"As a new era looms that demands Gigabit Internet, Ultra High Definition
video and Virtual and Augmented Reality services, SK Broadband will establish
a network infrastructure that provides the best customer value. Following the
world's first commercialization of an ADSL service and the two-pair LAN cable
500M service, we will establish a top-class optical Internet platform to
create the best Gigabit broadband service environment for our customers."

Federico Guillen, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks Group, commented
: "All eyes in the world are focused on South Korea as it moves ahead with
rolling out ever-faster broadband networks. Nokia's innovation edge and our
portfolio of next generation fiber technologies help customers like SK
Broadband realize the true Gigabit societies of the future."

Did you know?

* According to the Pacific Telecommunications Council, South Korea has the
world's highest mobile broadband penetration at 91%, with more than 55% of
households connecting over Fiber-to-the-Home/Fiber-to-the-Building
* Nokia leads the market with over 55 next generation fiber trials, including
U-NGPON, XGS-PON and TWDM-PON.
* NOKIA developed the MDU with HFR Inc., which is a prominent Korean vendor
of wired/wireless network equipment like GPON, Mobile fronthaul, Carrier
Ethernet.

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.http://nokia.com

Media Enquiries:

Communications
Phone: +358 10 448 4900
Email: press.services@nokia.com

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Source: NOKIA via Globenewswire

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