Huawei supplies 400G core router system to DTAC in Thailand

Sept. 3, 2013
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. says it will provide NE5000E 400G core routers for Total Access Communication Public Co. Ltd. (DTAC), a large-scale mobile service provider in Thailand. DTAC plans to upgrade Internet equipment on its core fiber-optic network, bringing more diversified and smoother services to UMTS users.

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. says it will provide NE5000E 400G core routers for Total Access Communication Public Co. Ltd. (DTAC), a large-scale mobile service provider in Thailand. DTAC plans to upgrade Internet equipment on its core fiber-optic network, bringing more diversified and smoother services to UMTS users.

This would appear to be Huawei’s third publicly announced customer for its 400G-based core router system. Saudi Arabia’s Mobily recently deployed what Huawei called as the industry’s first 400G IP network (see “Mobily deploys 400G IP core network with Huawei”). Huawei also announced that it is supplying 400G line cards to Thailand's True (see "Huawei to provide 400G core router line cards for Thai mobile operator").

As the UMTS mobile communications market in Thailand is undergoing rapid development, heavy data services, such as online gaming and video streaming, are seeing strong growth. The core network needs to have the capability to support more services and more flexible quality of service. To this end, DTAC and Huawei have cooperated to perform upgrades on the core network to simplify the network topology, improve the network efficiency, and strengthen the competitiveness in UMTS mobile communications, to improve user experience and attract more UMTS users.

Huawei's NE5000E core routers simplify DTAC's backbone networks, upgrade the existing 40G-based equipment to 400G capacity, and implement networking between 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 100 Gigabit Ethernet by changing sub-boards, thereby protecting existing investments. In addition, Huawei says its 400G NE5000E core router has the capability to expand slot capacity to the terabit level to meet carriers' future service requirements. Power consumption of the 400G platform is within 1 W/Gbps, keeping energy and investment costs low.

Gai Gang, president of Huawei's carrier IP product line explained that "Rapid development of UMTS broadband and video services will generate tremendous traffic growth on backbone networks. Existing network architectures need to be upgraded. Now is the time to apply 400G technology."

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