Open Fiber Uses Huawei Solutions To Launch 200G Optical Transport Network


Italy’s broadband operator Open Fiber has launched a commercial trial of 200G Elastic OTN (optical transport network) in the country. The trial was done between Rome and Florence in the national backbone “Zion” network., which the company believes, will lay a solid foundation for the Italy’s National Broadband strategy.

The “Zion” network, which will cover 270 cities, is built based on Huawei’s OTN architecture. It supports high-performance 200G transmission and high service reliability through the most advanced WDM technologies, including TSDN, optical ASON, programmable 100G/200G, flexible grid, embedded OTDR, and OSNR monitoring. It is the first elastic backbone network based on SDN and 200G flexible grid technologies. Compared to the traditional DWDM network, it offers significant advantages, including fast service provisioning, high reliability and bandwidths, agile O&M, and resource-optimizing synergy with the IP layer. In addition to high bandwidth, it offers capabilities to efficiently carry both fixed and mobile broadband services.

Open Fiber undertook to support the national broadband strategy, which aims to provide 100M broadband coverage for 85% of Italy’s population and 30M broadband coverage for 100% of the country’s population. Open Fiber intends to build an all-optical network that can offer more reliable, faster, and more affordable broadband access to households and businesses, to help implement the “Digital Agenda for Europe” and “Italian Ultra-broadband” strategies.

Stefano Paggi, CTO of Open Fiber, explained, “We arrive at 200 Giga, thanks to new capabilities for signal modulation and error correction as well as new hardware used, which is the most advanced in the market of digital and optical components.”

Richard Jin, President of Huawei’s Transmission Network Product Line, said, “At present, Huawei’s 200G/400G ultra-high-speed solution has already been commercially implemented in many operator networks worldwide. This time, Huawei built an elastic 200G OTN for Open Fiber to provide an optimal user experience and to help Open Fiber succeed.”

Open Fiber aims to create a new benchmark for the broadband market and provide a highly-automated and efficient broadband leasing business with different SLAs and at different layers from L0 to L3. Open Fiber will work closely with Huawei and other industry partners to support the progress of Italy National Broadband.

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Juniper Network Launches New Optical Transport Solution


Juniper Networks has launched a new optical transport solution that separates optical line system hardware from network control software, thus offering higher levels of flexibility, cost control and multi-layer visibility to packet-optical transport.

The solution is a part of Juniper’s end-to-end metro packet transport portfolio that gives service providers the necessary building blocks to deploy new services built on cloud, 5G, IoT, multi-gigabit broadband and other advanced technologies.

Closed, proprietary optical-transport networks that bind the transponder, optical line system and control software together significantly hinder service providers’ ability to deploy an agile service delivery model. Juniper’s new cloud-grade solution, including an open, programmable optical line system, as well as a microservices-based management and control platform, allows operators to deploy any transponder solution to keep costs down, optimize the photonic layer control plane, and maintain unmatched service continuity.

Aligning with Juniper’s Cloud-Grade Networking initiative announced in June, the company’s Programmable Photonic Layer open line system features the new TCX1000 Series Programmable ROADM. Combining open, standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs), the new proNX Optical Director management and control platform makes it easier for customers to deploy coherent DWDM transponders – whether from Juniper, a service provider or third parties. Taking this platform-first approach, Juniper customers can rest assured they are operating a future-proof system, free from vendor lock-in.

Juniper Programmable Photonic Layer featuring the new TCX1000 Series Programmable ROADM: Part of a complete open line system solution, the TCX1000 Programmable ROADM, enabled by Lumentum, is a colorless, directionless, flex-grid ready programmable ROADM that allows operators to seamlessly upgrade to emerging high-capacity bit rates – 100G, 200G, 400G and beyond – without having to upgrade line system hardware. Operators can now confidently disaggregate the line system hardware from the transponder layer and from the photonic layer control plane to better optimize the network for use cases such as data center interconnect.

proNX Optical Director microservices-based optical network management and control software platform: Building on the strengths of proNX Service Manager’s automated service activation and network management capabilities, proNX Optical Director uses a microservices-based architecture to enable operators to scale more effectively and simply integrate customer and third-party applications in an agile operational environment. Additionally, proNX Optical Director uses a standards-based YANG API to integrate seamlessly with Juniper Networks NorthStar Controller, providing full network visibility and coordination from Layer 0 to Layer 3.

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China Mobile To Deploy Nokia GPON Mobile Solution


China-Mobile-To-Deploy-Nokia-GPON-Mobile-SolutionChina Mobile is deploying Nokia GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) mobile backhaul network in the Jiangsu and Henan provinces of China.

The technology provides China Mobile with the backhaul infrastructure needed to support residential subscribers, enterprises, hotels, banks, schools and hospitals spread over some of China’s most populated areas, and will deliver high-quality mobile data experiences its subscribers now expect in the 4G/5G era.

Focused on expanding indoor and outdoor coverage in urban areas, China Mobile is investing in new base stations and more than one hundred thousand LTE small cells, which will be networked over the GPON fiber backhaul technology.

Nokia’s GPON mobile backhaul solution allows China Mobile to further develop its LTE broadband user base, while at the same time expand its fiber to the home (FTTH) footprint needed to connect more residential and enterprise users.

China Mobile will be able to gain the network capacity, flexibility and scale needed to support the 54 percent increase in data traffic expected across Asia Pacific by 20201. The streamlining of network operations will also lower the total cost of ownership and simultaneously enhance subscribers’ mobile service experiences.

Nokia’s Wireline Mobile Backhaul solution includes the Nokia 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager and the Nokia 7368 ISAM ONT, which deliver premium services over a GPON fiber backhaul environment.

Federico Guillen, president, Fixed Networks, Nokia said, “To support the data demands of wireless subscribers, operators are increasingly turning to fixed fiber networks such as GPON for their backhaul requirements to satisfy the scale, efficiencies and cost savings they seek. GPON also eliminates the need to create parallel and dedicated networks for backhaul, while simultaneously expanding the fiber footprint to support growing residential and business ultra-broadband demands.”

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Ericsson And Ooredoo Demonstrate Multi-Gigabit Capacity


Ericsson-And-Ooredoo-Demonstrate-Multi-Gigabit-CapacityEricsson and Ooredoo Oman have joined forces to demonstrate the viability of microwave backhaul to provide multi-gigabit capacity for fixed and mobile networks.

Ooredoo Oman and Ericsson trialled a range of solutions that can deliver gigabit backhaul capacity, supported by the availability of new radio access spectrum. E-band (70/80GHz) spectrum is the key to supporting microwave and meeting increased capacity requirements for both backhaul and fronthaul.

The world’s highest-capacity E-band radio, the new Ericsson MINI-LINK 6352, was successfully trialled, providing 5.7 Gbps over one carrier. Four carriers in traditional frequency bands and narrower channels were bonded together to provide 1.6 Gbps.

The success of the trial proves the capability of microwave to address growing data traffic demands and support operators in offering superior mobile broadband experiences to their customers.

Wolfgang Wemhoff, chief technology officer, Ooredoo Oman said, “Ooredoo is constantly working toward responding to changes in customer needs and providing them with the products, services and offers they want, through both mobile and fixed offerings.Our partnership with Ericsson allows us to inspire and innovate to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and businesses in all sectors across the Sultanate of Oman.”

Rafiah Ibrahim, president and head of Region Middle East and East Africa, Ericsson said, “Our collaboration with Ooredoo Oman showcases the benefits of microwave backhaul for operators around the region. It also empowers Ooredoo Oman to pave the way for innovative traffic management solutions.”

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Nokia Showcases Smart City, 5G And IoT At India Innovation Day


Nokia-Showcases-Smart-City,-5G-And-IoT-At-India-Innovation-DayNokia showcased smart city, 5G and IoT solutions at India Innovation Day 2016 demonstrating the new Nokia as an end-to-end player spanning fixed, mobile, IP and optical technologies.

Nokia demonstrated how it is making IoT a reality for smart cities, smart homes and public safety. The demos showcased how to manage the connectivity of myriad people and things, and how to eliminate “slow and complex” from creating IoT applications – and how it can be done in a secure manner.

In 5G, Nokia showcased solutions that underscores its 5G leadership. Nokia has been innovating for 5G that will set the pace and the standards for 5G technology.

Demos At Nokia Innovation Day 2016
Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi: Nokia has created cloud-based, carrier-grade Wi-Fi that combines gigabit wireless performance. With the launch of Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi, mobile operators can seamlessly integrate Wi-Fi with their existing networks to improve the customer experience and generate new revenue streams.

Nokia AirScale Radio Access: Nokia’s next generation AirScale Radio Access will radically alter the way networks are built. Operators will be able to use Nokia AirScale Radio Access to profitably satisfy future demands including IoT, virtual reality, augmented reality, factories of the future and other advanced scenarios such as video that demand extreme performance.

Nuage Networks: In the Nuage Networks by Nokia VNS solution, software-defined network (SDN) infrastructure spans in a consistent fashion across datacenters in private and public clouds and extends to remote locations anywhere.

Smart Home: This demo showed how network providers (telcos, cable MSOs, community broadband providers) can leverage the residential gateway already present in each home (be it a fiber ONT or DSL modem) to expand their services offer into the smart/connected Home – and ward of over-the-top competition.

Smart City: Showcased few use cases of IoT on smart parking, smart metering and smart lighting.

IoT use cases: Demonstration details how service providers can take advantage of new technologies to enable new IoT business models. The market trial concepts demonstrated are: connected service vehicle, smart bus shelter and smart university campus.

Under networks for cloud era, Nokia demonstrated how networks can benefit from virtualization and automation with less hardware and how all this impacts efficiency, quality, innovation and business opportunities. Through its converged offering for mobile, fixed, IP and optical networks, Nokia is blending connectivity together and providing a new grid for the programmable world.

Jacques Vermeulen, director Smart Cities, Customer Operations, Nokia said, “Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything – a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. Nokia provides specific connectivity solutions, platforms and software, combining automation and intelligence, making IoT a reality for smart cities, smart homes and public safety.

Milivoj Vela, technology vision lead for MEA/India said, “5G will be about people and things requiring massive broadband that delivers gigabytes of bandwidth on demand; critical machine-type communication that allows for the immediate, synchronous feedback that enables remote control over robots; and massive machine-type communication that connects billions of sensors and machines.”

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Orange Egypt Selects NEC’s iPASOLINK E-band Microwave Radio


Orange-Egypt-Selects-NEC's-iPASOLINK-E-band-Microwave-RadioOrange Egypt has selected NEC to provide iPASOLINK EX, an outdoor, integrated, ultra-compact microwave radio system supporting 70-80 GHz band communications (E-Band).

This innovative all-outdoor radio is scheduled to go live in April 2016 with an initial group of 60 links.

iPASOLINK EX is an advanced IP radio used for backhauling LTE traffic in the E-Band spectrum, and covers the frequency bands of 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz. It provides an invaluable tool for 4G (LTE and WiMAX) deployments and LTE small cell aggregation, and is capable of delivering over 3.2Gbps of traffic per link.

“By using NEC’s iPASOLINK EX, we will be able to provide a different experience for our users over the LTE network, with faster access and higher reliability,” said Hisham Siblini, chief technology officer, Orange Egypt.

“On top of that, our telecom network in coastal areas is regularly exposed to salt damage but we are confident that the specialist solution from NEC will resolve those issues,” added Siblini.

“NEC’s iPASOLINK EX is heralding a new era in LTE backhaul technology, and we are delighted that Orange Egypt will be deploying the system in Egypt,” said Hassan Abou Khatwa, general manager, NEC Cairo.

“We will continue supporting Orange Egypt and their commitment to delivering a superior mobile broadband experience to their subscribers,” added Khatwa.

NEC has an accomplished history of providing highly reliable wireless transmission radio systems that operate without fail. NEC’s PASOLINK series features a wide variety of advanced wireless technologies cultivated under challenging environmental conditions.

NEC also recently launched the new iPASOLINK EX, an ultra-compact radio communication system that achieves wireless transmission capacity of 10Gbps and featured it during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Etisalat Misr And Huawei Announce Super Dual Band Microwave Solution


Etisalat-Misr-And-Huawei-Announce-Super-Dual-Band-Microwave-SolutionEtisalat Misr and Huawei announced that they have completed the world’s first live traffic application of the innovative microwave solution “Super Dual Band” with throughput more than 6 Gbps in mobile backhaul in Alex region, Egypt.

Microwave transmission, a key solution on mobile backhaul networks throughout the years, struggles to meet the need for multi-Giga bandwidth at long distances. Etisalat Misr with Huawei Super Dual Band microwave solution have achieved 6.19 Gbps over a relatively long distance (3.37 km) link in Alex region, applying state-of-the-art features (EPLA, AM and QoS) that stretch the benefits from the E-band equipment.

Huawei’s Super Dual Band is an innovative solution, which bonds the traditional frequency (6-42 GHz) together with E-band (71-86 GHz) in a unique manner, offering increased protection via special link aggregation techniques and advanced Quality of Service mechanisms. Super Dual Band solution combines long distance benefit of traditional frequencies together with the large capacity advantage of the E-Band, ensuring efficient multi-Giga transmission.

“The growing capacity requirements for 3G and soon the LTE services raise high requirement for mobile backhaul solution in Egypt; we require innovative solutions on wireless backhaul technologies. The combination of E-Band and traditional microwave frequency spectrum is one of the good directions,” said Khalid Murshed, CTO, Etisalat Misr.

“Huawei has started microwave cooperation with the Etisalat Misr since 2006, and we are honored to be Etisalat Misr’s microwave transmission partner,” said Alex Xu, vice president, Huawei North Africa.

“We think this new wireless transmission solution will highly improve the customer experience in the mobile broadband service,” added Xu.

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China Unicom And ZTE Sign Agreement On SDN/NFV


China-Unicom-And-ZTE-Sign-Agreement-On-SDN/NFVZTE has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Unicom on Software Defined Network (SDN)/Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Both parties aim to build-on current SDN/NFV network development trends through collaborative innovation, implement SDN/NFV applications, and promote the next-generation network construction for China Unicom, meeting customers’ demands and promoting network transformation, business innovation, and service upgrade.

China Unicom has been proactively promoting the SDN/NFV industry process. The voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) service project based on virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) and virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) architecture sponsored by China Unicom for NFV proof of concept (PoC) was successfully completed in October 2015.

This project comprehensively verified the SDN/NFV-based end-to-end VoLTE services, promoted the NFV process, and practiced the network as a service (NaaS) concept advocated by China Unicom.

In accordance with the new-generation network, CUBE-net, proposed by China Unicom and the strategic cooperation agreement signed by China Unicom and ZTE, both parties will cooperate using open-source technology, application scenarios, product requirements, service applications, and market development of SDN/NFV technologies, generate research results meeting network evolution requirements and lay a solid foundation for long-term and sustainable partnerships.

China Unicom and ZTE will work together with open-source communities, requirement analysis, solution and product development, test verification/PoC and commercial pilot office deployment for SDN/NFV. In addition, China Unicom and ZTE will continue research and propose draft standards and patent applications, jointly apply for and undertake national key research projects, and share the achievements in the SDN/NFV field.

“The partnership with ZTE should focus on China Unicom’s marketing and business development needs, and start from service innovation and technological innovation to establish a market-oriented innovation mechanism, and adopt open-source, iterative, and other new R&D models,” said Chi Yongsheng, deputy director, China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute.

“With its rapid development, SDN/NFV is destined to become an important trend for network evolution. ZTE and China Unicom have established long-term partnerships. Today, both parties work with each other again by signing a strategic cooperation memorandum in the field of SDN/NFV, thereby accelerating the revolution in network technologies and the development of the entire industry through continuous innovation and exploration,” said Liu Peng, vice president, ZTE.

“ZTE will continue investing in SDN/NFV, and be committed to R&D and implementation of SDN/NFV technologies, aiming to become a leading pioneer in the SDN/NFV field. ZTE is willing to contribute to SDN/NFV technologies and global industrialization with our partners,” said You Yan, vice president, ZTE.

Following the SDN/NFV-based network reconstruction strategy for developing the next-generation networks, aiming to build an elastic, cloud-based, and open network, ZTE has proposed an innovative ElasticNet architecture and solution integrating the cloud and pipe.

China Unicom and ZTE will actively promote the development of the SDN/NFV industry chain, and optimize and transform the existing network architecture. In addition, ZTE is committed to building a future-proof SDN/NFV network architecture for its customers, and helping operators with Internet-based transformation in the commercial SDN/NFV era.

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du Partners Huawei To Deploy T-SDN

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du-Partners-Huawei-To-Deploy-T-SDNUAE-based telecommunications service provider du have joined hands with Huawei to deploy the world’s first commercial Transport Software-Defined Network (T-SDN) on the host network.

This innovation by du follows a string of improvements in the region such as the deployment of the first 400G OTN network in the Middle East. On the T-SDN network, a Bandwidth on Demand (BoD) application has been successfully deployed between data centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, transforming the traditional network to a data center based SDN host network.

Under the new industry structure, introducing new technologies such as SDN helps carriers quickly respond to and implement service transformation, and therefore overcome new challenges in their network operation.

du has seen a sharp increase in service traffic through big data, leading to new challenges in harnessing this data. By constructing a T-SDN network with Huawei, du has achieved accelerated service connections while fully utilizing network resources. The BoD (Bandwidth on Demand) service provided by the T-SDN network helps implement more flexible data center service scheduling and greatly improves user experience while managing services through effective bandwidth optimization and interval of time.

In addition, the T-SDN network provides functions such as intelligent optical-layer commissioning, fault simulation, and centralized route computation, which significantly streamline network operation and facilitate future automated network operation. The launch of T-SDN commercially marks the arrival of du into SDN era, which provides reference for a future network-wide SDN network transformation.

Jasim AlAwadi, vice president – Network Infrastructure and Services, du said, “The introduction of T-SDN adds to many of our others firsts and accomplishments on the network front in the UAE. The T-SDN network jointly deployed with Huawei will effectively enable us to streamline network O&M and accelerate service provisioning.”

“The successful deployment of du’s T-SDN network is an important milestone in host network evolution. It fully releases network potential and provides assurance for accelerating carrier service provisioning and improving user experience,” said Gao Ji, president, Huawei transport network product line.

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Nokia To Transform Telefonica’s IP Network


Nokia-To-Transform-Telefonica's-IP-NetworkNokia is transforming Telefonica’s network with its IP core and virtualized service router technology to meet growing customer demand for high performance data and High Definition (HD) video.

The next-generation infrastructure also lays the groundwork for Ultra HD video, cloud, 5G and IoT services.

Telefonica is seeing a rapid rise in data traffic through new innovative video services and popular content for its Movistar+ service, which has more than four million subscribers.

Telefonica’s mobile subscribers are also demanding more video and data, while enterprise customers depend on Telefonica’s high-capacity, reliable network for business continuity and adoption of cloud services. The single, converged network will boost performance for residential, mobile and business services, and set the stage for future advanced services.

Nokia is deploying its IP portfolio – including core and virtualized routers – at the core and peering layers of the Telefonica network, driving higher capacity with an extremely reliable design. The deployment will be managed by the Nokia 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) and the Nokia 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager (CPAM), which minimizes control plane misconfigurations, malfunctions and undetected routing updates.

Nokia will also employ its leading services expertise – including installation and commissioning, systems integration and migration of current services – to the new network architecture.

Joaquin Mata, director, Network Technology and Operations, Telefonica Spain said, “As we ramp up our video and high-bandwidth data service offers we are committed to delivering the best possible quality of experience for our customers. We continue to rely on Nokia to evolve our IP Core network with industry-leading virtualization and core router technology to address our needs today and for the next generation services of tomorrow.”

Basil Alwan, head, IP/Optical Networks, Nokia said, “Telefonica is building on Nokia’s SDN, NFV and core routing capabilities to transform its IP core network for the next decade of growth. We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Telefonica; implementing our most advanced routing technology will support Telefonica’s leadership and help to build a strong foundation for the future.”

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