Uzbektelecom, which operates as Uztelecom, is pushing high speed fibre broadband access across Uzbekistan by deploying AirPON (Air Passive Optical Network) fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) technology.
In an update published on its website, the operator noted that to date it has deployed 12,288 AirPON devices, each of which is designed to provide triple-play internet, telephony and IPTV to one end-user premise via last-mile fibre.
In order of most devices to least, Uztelecom has completed AirPON deployments in the regions of Tashkent, Kashkadarya, Surkhandarya, Samarkand, Syrdarya, Jizzakh and Fergana. The operator plans to use the technology to connect a further 76,800 premises nationwide in the near future, noting that it will help to address Uzbekistan’s digital divide as it is suitable for providing high speed connectivity in remote regions as well as mountainous areas.
The operator notes that this is in part due to AirPON devices not requiring their own power supply. Manufacturer Huawei states that the solution can build local FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) networks with one-click OLT/ONT configuration by using mobile network sites.