Nokia beat back stiff competition in the local area network (LAN) market to take home the 2016 European New Product Innovation Award at Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Best Practices Awards gala on 9 November 2016. This two-part exclusive event celebrates the success of innovators, visionaries, and leaders from a cross section of industries in Europe. Monika Maurer, COO of the Fixed Networks Business Group, became part of an exclusive list of winners when she accepted the award on behalf of Nokia at a banquet hosted at the Westin in Paris, France.
Nokia’s Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution is a more cost-effective way for organisations to deploy LAN while gaining significant benefits like unlimited bandwidth, security, reliability, longevity, and energy and space savings. Nokia’s POL solution can help achieve more than 50% cost savings than traditional copper-based Ethernet LAN.
POL employs Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology and features single centralised active equipment, a simpler network, and thin-client end-point devices that are centrally managed.
Nokia’s POL solution is based on the centralised access node 7360 ISAM FX, a variety of end-user devices and advanced management systems. It delivers Gigabit speeds to each connected device and facilitates the smooth evolution to 20x capacity, reusing the same cabling and access node. Another key benefit of Nokia’s POL solution is its management system, the 5571 POL Command Center (PCC), a highly intuitive tool for easy configuration, auto-activation, fault reporting, proactive network monitoring, and troubleshooting of a LAN.
“Nokia’s POL solution provides military-grade security and data encryption,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Priya Sharma. “As optical fibres are resistant to electromagnetic interference, POL is ideal for use in sensitive environments such as hospitals, where cameras and machines can interrupt data transmission.”
Nokia continues to experience strong demand for its POL solution worldwide. GPON is a field-proven and mature technology designed for simplicity and efficiency, and Nokia’s successful fibre projects and partnership programs have helped it cater to companies of all sizes.
“Nokia’s primary focus is not on delivering the most inexpensive solution to customers but to present value-added solutions at competitive prices,” noted Sharma. “For instance, while Ethernet-based LAN lasts nearly 5 to 7 years, the POL solution lasts at least 50 years, translating to greater lifetime cost savings.”
For understanding customer needs in the LAN market and for developing a novel product to address those needs, Nokia deserves the 2016 European Local Area Network New Product Innovation Award. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognises the value-added features/benefits of the product and the higher return on investment (ROI) it offers customers, which in turn improves customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
To learn more about Nokia’s POL solution, you can download their free whitepaper titled “Addressing Issues In The Local Area Network” or visit its solution page.
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