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Elisa, a leading telecommunication, information communication technology (ICT) and online service company in Finland, successfully completed a field trial of Nokia's XGS-PON technology, achieving the country's fastest broadband speeds. With 10Gbps symmetrical (downstream and upstream) capabilities, the use of XGS-PON will allow Elisa to cost-effectively deliver ultra-broadband access needed for new high-speed, high-quality residential and business services. 

Finland is one of the leading countries in Europe for ultra-broadband adoption, and demand for high speed internet and broadband access continues to grow steadily, with more than 50% of Finnish households having access to a fixed ultra-broadband connection of 100 Mbps. Additionally, with interconnected Internet of Things (IoT) devices making residential dwellings increasingly 'smarter', customers are increasingly seeking new services that can support the array of sensors, plugs and other connected items they use in their homes. This makes Finland a perfect test bed for innovative new ultra-broadband solutions.

The field trial of Nokia's XGS-PON technology demonstrates Elisa's commitment to continually develop the capabilities and speed of its network. 

Matias Castrén, head of Broadband Subscription Business at Elisa, said: "Utilization of the new XGS-PON technology means high-speed and higher-quality fixed broadband connections. Faster and better connections are needed for the new TV and video services, and increasingly higher quality video technologies such as the 4K technology. In addition, the increased number of devices of households using the internet connection requires higher bandwidths."

Federico Guillén, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group, said: "With the increasing demand for more capacity, next-generation fiber technologies like XGS-PON are becoming more widely adopted as operators like Elisa look to deliver enhanced services to customers. With 9 deployments and more than 40 trials of next generation technology globally, we were able to bring our expertise to Elisa and demonstrate how our XGS-PON solution could help them evolve their network in line with demand."