China Telecom to turn Shenzhen into a Gigaband City

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China Telecom Shenzhen and Huawei have signed an agreement to deliver gigabit broadband connectivity to 900,000 homes in Shenzhen.

The companies have entered a five-year deal that aims to transform Shenzhen into a “Gigaband City”, using next-generation optical line terminals and PONs to deliver 100% Gigabit coverage for communities in the city.

Services will be available for residential users, governments and enterprises, and will be capable of enabling advanced services including 4K video and VR film streaming, Gigaband hotels and passive optical LANs.

Based on the experience with the rollout, China Telecom and Huawei plan to jointly define the standards for a gigaband city, paving the way for future deployments.

“China Telecom (Shenzhen) is dedicated to accelerating Shenzhen's broadband network capabilities and together with Huawei we aim to rapidly transform into an ultrafast landscape,” the China Telecom subsidiary's general manager commented.

“This will enable Shenzhen to keep pace with consumer demand for new internet applications such as ultra-broadband (UBB) video, VR and AR, Gigaband campus, and smart homes. We believe a Gigaband city will also foster digital economy innovation in Shenzhen and establish Shenzhen as an oasis for inventors.”

Announcing the agreement, the companies said this will mark the first time 1,000Mbps all-optical networks will be deployed on such a large scale.

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