Etisalat-Huawei conduct 400G transport network trial
Dubai, June 29, 2014
Etisalat UAE, a leading telecom service provider, in partnership with global ICT solutions provider Huawei, has successfully tried the new OSN9800 U16 and 400G optical transport network technology in UAE.
It can be used to further expand its network capacity to meet the increasing bandwidth requirements from local customers, said a statement.
The latest trial is the first time that Huawei’s flagship OptiX OSN 9800 U16 solution has been tested worldwide and is the first time in the Mena region a commercially available OTN-based 400G line board has been tested, it said.
The 400G link, which was deployed within Etisalat operational fibre network environment, is over 170km. In addition to opening up more bandwidth for telecom services, the technology enables operators to more efficiently carry both fixed and mobile broadband services to their customers, such as IPTV content and LTE-Advanced mobile connectivity.
Etisalat has been testing various transport network technologies in recent years as part of its overall network modernisation plan across the UAE.
Over the course of 2014, such efforts have included Etisalat partnering with Huawei to conduct trials of fifth generation (5G) mobile broadband services in the Middle East, as well as an agreement to trial a first of its kind 40Gbps GPON fibre network that can offer more reliable, faster, and affordable broadband access to households and businesses.
Esmaeel Alhammadi, Etisalat VP – Network Development, said: “The 400G technology of Huawei demonstrates that our existing network asset is capable of supporting future, next-generation transmission technology.
”Etisalat constantly assesses new technology to expand our capabilities and to enhance our ability to support traffic growth demand from our customers. We believe this 400G solution ensures positive performance in the coming years.”
Alan Wang, president of Huawei Etisalat Global Key Account, said: “Enabling a better connected world is a vision that both Huawei and Etisalat share for our regional customers. By partnering once again with Etisalat on this latest trial, we have set the stage for developing intelligent management capabilities that can increase access to the modern information society.” - TradeArabia News Service