The Estonian operation of Scandinavian telecom group Telia is about to replace the ADSL connections in service since the beginning of this century with optical connections allowing speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second and VDSL2 copper cables over the next three and a half years.
Toivo Praakel, network and infrastructure manager at Telia Estonia, said that the €40 million to be invested includes both the cost of equipment as well as labor costs. He said that the plan is to switch to optical connections in Tallinn, Tartu, Jõhvi and Pärnu and to replace outdated connections with new technologies throughout the rest of Estonia.
Praakel noted that to a large extent, copper cables and optical connections will be preserved, as the existing infrastructure possesses data transmission capability.
According to Roland Pauklin, network development manager at Telia, the new XGS-PON optical link enables a symmetrical connection of up to 10 gigabytes per second for corporate customers and a symmetrical connection of up to 1 gigabyte per second for household customers, while VDSL2 theoretically enables asymmetrical download speeds of up to 400 megabits per second and realistically of up to 250 megabytes per second for the end user.
In comparison, current copper connections enable speeds of up to just 60 megabytes per second, Pauklin added.
Editor: Aili Vahtla