Bharti Airtel taps Ribbon for long-haul DWDM network

Feb. 20, 2023
The project will see the installation of Ribbon’s Apollo suite of programmable and open optical transport platforms.

Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN) says it has won a contract from Bharti Airtel to support the deployment of a high-speed optical transport network throughout Northwestern India. The project will see the installation of Ribbon’s Apollo suite of programmable and open optical transport platforms.

The network deployment will consist of more than 30,000 km of fiber and will support the delivery of cost-optimized 5G mobile backhaul and high-speed enterprise business connectivity throughout the region. The Apollo systems will support a combined network capacity of up to 51.2 Tbps across the C and L bands to enable Bharti Airtel to transport 100GbE/400GbE IP services over 400G optical channels. The service provider also will use Ribbon’s Muse domain orchestration platform for 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 at Ribbon. “This massive new network will have a tremendous impact as it delivers extensive capacity in one of the world’s most populous countries.”

Bharti Airtel is a longstanding Ribbon customer (see, for example, "Airtel upgrades packet transport network with Ribbon's 5G-Native Neptune systems").

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

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