Backbone To The Future: Nokia Replacing Telenor Optical Core Network

Created January 11, 2018
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Multinational telecommunications operator Telenor has tapped Nokia as sole supplier to replace its legacy optical core network connecting 200 nodes in Norway and Sweden. Nokia’s optical technology is designed to pave the way for SDN-ready dynamic network capabilities, and its multi-Terabit capacity will support evolution to 5G mobile, growing consumer demand for online video and Internet usage, and the increasing use of cloud applications.

The new optical network will feature Nokia’s coherent optical transmission technology. Built on the Finnish company’s solutions with advanced wavelength routing (Colorless Directionless Contentionless Flexible Grid, or CDC-F), it will allow for greater flexibility and dynamic network management and automation. The network offers an SDN-ready platform that will provide Telenor with a more efficient way to automate, optimise and assure network services.

Nokia stresses the robustness of the new backbone, with many operations having been certified as compliant with ISO27001 information security standards and, in other cases, having satisfactorily demonstrated conformance to those standards.

“We are excited to be chosen for this multi-year turnkey project,” states Nicolas Almendro, Head of Europe & MEA Optics Business Development at Nokia. “This highly resilient and secure optical backbone will play a critical role in deploying next-generation services to Telenor customers in Norway and Sweden, and help the customer prepare for the demands of 5G.”


This article was written
by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.