Bharti Airtel taps Ribbon for long-haul DWDM expansion

Created February 14, 2023
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Ribbon Communications has announced that Indian telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel has selected Ribbon to build its new high-speed transport network. The project is based on a disaggregated approach, a critical part of Airtel’s modernisation strategy that enables them to offer cost optimised 5G mobile backhaul and high-speed enterprise business connectivity throughout North Western India.

The network architecture leverages Ribbon’s Apollo suite of programmable and open optical transport platforms, with support for a combined network capacity across C and L bands of up to 51.2T, positioning Airtel to effectively fulfil both current and future bandwidth needs. The long-haul solution will support the transport of 100GE/400GE IP services over 400G Optical channels. Finally, Ribbon’s Muse domain orchestration platform also delivers real-time network monitoring and management.

“Airtel continues to push the boundaries in digital service delivery and we’re proud to support their mission with our solutions and expertise,” said Sam Bucci, chief operating officer, Ribbon. “This massive new network will have a tremendous impact as it delivers extensive capacity in one of the world’s most populous countries.”

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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.