HOTnet taps Infinera for long-haul transport network

Created May 24, 2021
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Infinera and Hokkaido Telecommunications Network Co., Ltd. (HOTnet) have announced the deployment of Infinera’s open optical networking solutions to enhance the performance of HOTnet’s high-speed fibre optic network. Leveraging open optical networking principles, HOTnet was able to deploy a broad range of Infinera’s suite over its existing optical infrastructure. This approach, says Infinera, enables HOTnet to rapidly and cost effectively modernise its network to meet rapidly growing bandwidth demand and offer differentiated services.

HOTnet’s optical long-haul and metro networks interconnect major cities across the island of Hokkaido, and supports a wide range of business and residential communications services, including data centre interconnect, private cloud, video streaming, broadband internet access, and high-definition digital broadcast services.

“Increasing the capacity and scalability of our fibre optic infrastructure is essential to contributing to the economic development of the Hokkaido region, providing residents with access to high-quality network connectivity,” said Tomohiro Nakata, director and general manager of Engineering Department at HOTnet. “The deployment of Infinera’s open optical solutions over our existing network with other vendors allowed us to capitalise on the benefits of an open optical network infrastructure, enabling us to cost-effectively scale capacity as needed in real time to meet customer demands. In addition, cross connect switching on the ODU layer within mTera enables us to provide several applications that require low latency.”

“Open optical networking is a great way for network operators to seamlessly integrate the latest solutions into their network,” said Nick Walden, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, Infinera. “Infinera’s open optical solutions will enable HOTnet to offer new and differentiated services over their existing optical infrastructure, helping to ensure their customers receive the highest level of service.”

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.