MTN, Huawei complete SA techno field trial
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – MTN, Africa’s largest telecommunications operator, and Huawei have announced the successful live trial of a Transport Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and 2.4Tbit/s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) system.
According to the companies, the trial is currently the fastest and most intelligent optical network to date in the industry, setting the standard for the evolution of optical transport.
The ultra-fast single-channel 2.4 Tbit/s field trial took place on MTN’s national fibre backbone network in South Africa.
The companies said the success of this trial demonstrated the advanced optical transport system with bandwidth capacities far beyond the existing 100G technology.
In addition to the large system capacity, the “world’s first” transport SDN new features were also tested.
Navi Naidoo, Group Technology Officer, MTN, said with this successful field trial, MTN had demonstrated its commitment to digital innovation.
“MTN continues to invest in future-proof transport networks to realize world class technologies, not only to our existing markets, but to extend our technology offerings globally.
“We believe that networks such as cloud computing, streaming media and mobile broadband must be scalable, intelligent and flexible. To this end, Huawei’s next generation optical evolution concept ‘SDN-based flex optical network’ properly fits our requirements.”
Zha Jun, President of Huawei’s Fixed Network Business Unit, said, “Huawei will maintain cooperation and joint innovation with MTN, and continue to promote the commercialization process of SDN and ultra-high speed optical transmission technology, in order to jointly meet the challenges of a digital future.”
– CAJ News
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