du taps Nokia for 400G optical backbone network

Created October 11, 2023
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Nokia has built a state-of-the-art 400G national optical backbone network for du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC). The network crosses the entire UAE, reaching from the Western border to the East. Powered by Nokia’s super coherent optics, the new optical network will allow du to address the growing capacity requirement while providing an enhanced network experience to its customers.

du’s new optical backbone network will leverage Nokia’s fifth-generation super-coherent Photonic Service Engine (PSE-Vs) and CDC-F ROADM technology to deliver 400G wavelengths throughout the UAE. The Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) feature of the new network will help du to enhance the service level agreements by enabling automatic rerouting through alternate paths. The network will also enable Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) capabilities to monetize wholesale service.

Saleem Alblooshi, CTO at du, said: “Our partnership with Nokia represents a key step forward in fulfilling du’s commitment to shaping ‘Today for Tomorrow.’ Leveraging Nokia’s cutting-edge optical technology solutions is a game-changer, not just for us, but for the entire UAE. It not only enhances our subscribers’ experiences but also ensures the creation of a national optical backbone that is energy-efficient, sustainable, and ready to face the future. Through this initiative, du reasserts its commitment of building ‘Today for Tomorrow’ in line with the UAE’s vision of sustainability.”

Rima Manna, vice president for Nokia’s Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said: “du makes continuous efforts to cater to the increasing demand for capacity for its customers. With Nokia’s solution, the new optical backbone will enable du to add capacity, benefit from automating processes and service delivery and improve revenue by providing innovative services to its customers. du is our longstanding partner and we are excited to work on this initiative.”

For more information, visit www.nokia.com

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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.