FONEX says it will supply an array of optical equipment to Bouygues Telecom to support the French service provider’s mobile expansion initiatives. Bouygues can use the technology to support backhaul, fronthaul, and midhaul mobile network functions, says a company source.
“We are delighted to have a player such as FONEX provide a reliable universal fiber overlay solution that has been proven and deployed by many Tier 1 service providers in Europe and North America,” said Stéphane Jouhaneau, transport director at Bouygues Telecom, via a press release announcing the contract award. “Bouygues Telecom looks forward to exploring innovative network infrastructure solutions provided by FONEX.”
FONEX will supply passive WDM systems, WDM optical interfaces for the mobile network hardware, and an optical protection element, says the source. At least some of the technology was developed by FONEX’s in-house LambdaGain unit. The use of passive technology offers flexibility, ease of deployment and maintenance, and improved reliability, according to the FONEX source. The scalable approach is already in operation at other Tier 1 service providers.
“It was important to the Bouygues Telecom decision makers that the backhaul optical solution selected be adaptable and flexible,” said Xiangfeng Liu, European solutions director at FONEX, in the press release. “Ours uses a unique backhaul architecture which simplifies engineering and operations regardless which radio and IP equipment is being used. In addition, FONEX designed the solution to be suitable for backhaul, fronthaul, remote sectors and micro cells, and even 5G. This flexibility allows Bouygues Telecom to leverage its fiber even further and serve more market segments, such as enterprise and fixed broadband.”
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