Nokia says it has supplied its 500G DWDM Muxponder, based on its Photonic Service Engine, to Telecom Egypt. The service provider is using the technology, deployed on the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), to enable 200-Gbps wavelengths on its Delta Region DWDM backbone network. The 200-Gbps roll out began in June of this year.
Telecom Egypt plans to use the enhanced capacity to keep pace with the growing demands for capacity on its fiber backbone network that high-speed broadband and LTE mobile services have created.
"Doubling capacity on our existing backbone allows us to offer high-speed broadband and LTE services in addition to 100GbE services for mobile operators, while reducing costs,” explained Ahmed El-Beheiry, managing director and CEO of Telecom Egypt. “As our long-term partner, we are confident that Nokia's proven optical network technology will help us maintain our leadership position in offering the latest and best-in-class technology solutions to our customers."
Nokia (then Alcatel-Lucent) debuted the Photonic Service Engine, the coherent chipset that enables transmission rates of 100 Gbps and above, in 2014 (see "Alcatel-Lucent makes 400-Gbps play"); a second generation was announced, post merger, in 2016 (see “Nokia upgrades 1830 PSS packet-optical transport family with new coherent chipsets, improved multi-rate performance”). The third and latest version, unveiled at OFC 2018 this past March, promises 600-Gbps performance (see “Nokia touts ultimate in spectral efficiency via PSE-3 chipset and probabilistic constellation shaping”).
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