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Nokia and Furukawa partner to accelerate Optical LAN in Latin America

by Brenda Lafeuillee
  • Furukawa becomes Nokia partner for deploying optical LAN solution in the Latin American enterprise market, starting in Brazil

23 August 2022

Espoo, Finland – Nokia has today announced the signing of a strategic alliance with Furukawa Electric, the leading company in network cabling, to accelerate optical LAN deployments in Latin America.

Optical LANs are among the growing business services based on advanced optical fiber technologies, providing ultra high bandwidth to support multiple high bandwidth and critical applications for multiple use cases. Nokia has deployed optical LAN solutions for 450+ enterprise customers across the globe, including hotel chains, manufacturers, airports, schools, healthcare providers, government and others.

Optical LANs, also known as POLs, are used in commercial buildings and campuses to provide local area network connectivity, offering significant advantages over traditional copper-based solutions. These solutions provide lower energy consumption, increased security, more scalable deployments and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Furukawa is a market leader for copper cables and optic fiber in Latin America. With this agreement, Furukawa will incorporate Nokia’s optical networking equipment into its Laserway passive optical LAN solution, marketed by its partner ecosystem to the enterprise market.

Helio Durigan, Vice President Executive, Furukawa said: “The partnership between Furukawa and Nokia brings to our customers a state-of-the-art and innovative solution that allows great benefits in sustainability with reduction in power consumption, and at same time delivers a reliable and secure technological platform enhancing corporate governance.”

Marcelo Entreconti, Head of Enterprise for Latin America, Nokia, said: “Because of fiber’s unlimited bandwidth potential, optical LAN is the ultimate long-term solution, available at 10Gb/second speeds today, but easily scalable to 25Gb/s with a simple change in the optics. Nokia has deployed mission-critical networks to more than 2,200 leading enterprise customers in the transport, energy, large enterprise, manufacturing, webscale, and public sector segments around the globe and we’re proud to be partnering with Furukawa who has a long history of working with businesses in Brazil for technology integration and validation.”


Optical LAN

Optical LAN is a fiber networking technology addressing the evolving needs for high-capacity enterprise applications. The technology requires less equipment, cabling, floor space, and significantly less power than traditional switch-based networks. It also brings the future-proof capacity and performance of fiber networking. It is particularly advantageous in multi-floor buildings, extended campus networks, for applications using lots of data and for sites with challenging architecture such as historic buildings with preconectorized optical cabling and thin optical cables that require minimum infrastructure for installation.

In addition to using less power than traditional networks, Optical LAN use less plastic and have a longer lifespan.

About Nokia

At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together.

As a trusted partner for critical networks, we are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed, and cloud networks. We create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, we help build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable, and inclusive world.

About Furukawa Electric

Furukawa Electric provide solutions for communication networks infrastructure, from data center to corporate newtorks and fiber to the home. We work for providing innovative solutions, with products and services that support customer and society needs.

With almost 50 years of history in Latin America, our research and development centers, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and commercial offices are present throughout the continent, including Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico; besides offices in Europe and Southeast Asia.

We are part of Furukawa Electric Group, headquartered in Tokyo – Japan, which is a global leader in solutions for communication, energy and mobility.

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