Starman, Nokia to test 10Gbps residential Internet services in Estonia (1)
Estonian telecommunications provider Starman is about to develop ten-gigabit residential services in collaboration with Nokia, with the final decision about the adoption of the technology to be made at the end of this year.
"Nokia and Starman will deploy the first nationwide ten-gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10G EPON) in Europe. The new network will allow Starman to deliver new ultra-broadband services cost-effectively to residential customers living in Estonia, and meet the growing customer demand for high-speed, high-quality triple-play services (phone, Internet, and cable). The network will be rolled out in the fourth quarter of 2016 throughout Estonia after successful lab and field tests," the companies said in a press release.
"We chose Nokia because of their unique ability to provide both the latest technology innovations and expertise from their top specialists. When investing in Internet services we bring to our customers' homes, ensuring the technology is future-proof is essential. Today we are choosing solutions that can allow for symmetrical connections more powerful than one gigabit per second, enabling us to skip some current technological developments and take a seat on the new high-speed ten-gigabit train," Starman Group Technology Director Jaanus Erlemann said.
AS Starman, which was founded in 1992 and today employs 330 people, supplies one in three households in Estonia. They provide fiber-optic cable network television, Internet, and telephone services. They also transmit a terrestrial digital television signal via their ZUUMtv service, which is available across 90% of Estonia's territory. Starman Group owns AS Starman in Estonia and UAB Cgates in Lithuania. The combined revenue of Starman and Cgates in 2015 was €55.6m, the operating profit before tax and depreciation (EBITDA) of the same period totaled €25.6m.