Nokia and FCCN taps Nokia for research and education network in Portugal

Jan. 3, 2023
The 3000-km fiber-optic network will link universities and research centers in 26 cities.

Nokia revealed last month that it has won a competitive bid to deploy a research and education network in Portugal for FCCN, the Scientific Computing Unit of the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology in that country. The 3000-km fiber-optic network will link universities and research centers in 26 cities.

The new high-speed fiber network will replace FCCN’s existing OADM network with colorless, flex-grid ROADM systems in the form of Nokia’s 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect optical transport and switching systems. The systems will support 100G and 200G wavelength transmission, which will provide a significant increase in transmission rate over the existing network. Nokia also will supply management platforms and design, implementation, and maintenance services for the deployment.

The upgrade initiative is part of the RCTS100 Project, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

“Hundreds of thousands of students rely on our network every day. The 10X capacity boost that this announcement brings us provides the essential bandwidth necessary for ever-increasing data transmission,” commented Ana Pinto, FCCN director. “The success of RCTS100 Project is fundamental for all the R&E community and we value the contribution of trusted technological partners like Nokia to fulfill the extremely demanding requirements of our community.”

“Few industries have been transformed by connectivity as much as education. We’re proud to announce Nokia’s first deal with a National Research and Education Network in Portugal and implementing this essential service, where we worked closely with our Local Partner Axians Portugal to achieve this success,” added Luis Bueno, Nokia head of enterprise sales, Spain & Portugal.

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