DELTA Fiber taps Nokia for 400G+ optical transport network

Created August 9, 2021
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Nokia says it has been selected by Netherlands operator DELTA Fiber to provide a next-generation optical transport network, based on 400G wavelengths, to handle the operator’s increased traffic and further expansion of its FTTH rollout. The high-capacity network will offer customers enhanced service quality and speeds. It adds that 400Gbps speeds and higher wavelengths enable a simplified network that increases operational and cost efficiency.

To rapidly deploy services to its customers, reduce network total cost of ownership and extend network lifecycles, DELTA Fiber will use the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platforms. This, says Nokia, will support DELTA Fiber’s deployment of a new DWDM network, incorporating Nokia’s broad family of ROADMs, enabling optimized core and metro applications to cover the entire country. The core network build is currently underway to support 19 sites and will be followed by the deployment of metro sites, covering approximately 75 locations. This deal is part of a broader cooperation with DELTA Fiber to support its expansion plans, which also includes Nokia supplying XGS.PON access network and customer premise equipment.

John Wittekamp, CTO at DELTA Fiber, said: “Nokia’s highly scalable optical transport network will play a critical role in enabling DELTA Fiber to grow with the needs of its customers both today and in the future. With almost a doubling of traffic each year, we have put in place an aggressive goal to roll out FTTH over the next decade. The new network will address the requirements of exponential traffic growth without compromising reliability and resiliency of the network.”

Rafael de Fermin, senior vice president Europe, IP/Optics, at Nokia, said: “We’re excited to expand our optical relationship with DELTA Fiber and increase Nokia’s footprint overall as its multi-domain supplier. The new optical transport network is key to ensuring a high-performance experience for DELTA Fiber’s customers through its new access networks.”

DELTA Fiber is one of the fastest growing fibre companies in the Netherlands, with around 900,000 addresses already connected. The operator says around 20,000 new connections are being added every month, toward its stated aim of achieving two million connections by 2025.

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This article was written
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.