Mideast first: Mobily tests 1 Terabit network
Riyadh, January 14, 2014
Mobily, a leading mobile operator in the Middle East, has teamed with Ciena to successfully complete a live field trial of a 1 Terabit optical transmission across key metro sites in Saudi capital Riyadh.
The trial took place during December across Mobily’s existing metro fiber infrastructure in Riyadh and carried its public sector and enterprise customers’ traffic over 40G and 100G wavelengths, said Omar Alsaied, general manager and Middle East carriers sales director at Ciena, a global network specialist..
The Terabit super-channel traversed an existing NDSF fiber in Mobily’s Metro Network, demonstrating that Mobily will be able to seamlessly upgrade its existing metro network to support 400Gb/s and 1Tb/s channels without any modifications to its existing network, it said.
With that capacity, Mobily - which already owns more than 40 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s mobile market - will be able to quickly adapt to meet surging bandwidth requirements, support faster Internet speeds and enable new cloud-based applications, a statement from Ciena said.
The feat was accomplished leveraging Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by its WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors. The transmission used 16QAM modulation to achieve 4b/s/Hz of spectral efficiency, which equates to double what is possible with 100G systems today, it said.
“Mobily’s culture is built on innovation and fast execution, bringing the latest technology offerings to our customers,” said Eng Nasser AlNasser, COO at Mobily. “The successful 1Tb/s trial, the first of its kind in the Middle East, is the next step in our network evolution. Ciena’s high-capacity Terabit optical technology will give us the flexibility and scalability to make 1Tb/s a reality and deliver next-generation products and services to our customers.”
The Terabit trial follows the activation of Mobily’s commercial 100G network in 2011. Mobily leverages Ciena’s coherent 40G and 100G technologies across its national and Metro Ethernet fiber networks. – TradeArabia News Service