Etisalat tests 400G OTN with Huawei

The United Arab Emirates’ Etisalat has test 400-Gbps over a live Optical Transport Network (OTN) fiber-optic network using gear from Huawei, the optical transport systems vendor has announced. The trial is the first at 400G in the Middle East, Huawei asserts.

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The United Arab Emirates’ Etisalat has test 400-Gbps over a live Optical Transport Network (OTN) fiber-optic network using gear from Huawei, the optical transport systems vendor has announced. The trial is the first at 400G in the Middle East, Huawei asserts.

The test used Huawei’s OSN9800 U16 and 400G technology. It is one of several that Etisalat has conducted with Huawei, including one focused on 40-Gbps GPON fiber to the home (FTTH) technology (see "Etisalat to trial 40G GPON technology from Huawei"). Like the others, the 400G workout is in reaction to increased demand for bandwidth across Etisalat’s networks and customer base.

"With Huawei’s 400G technology, Etisalat’s existing network asset has proven its capability of supporting future, next-generation transmission technology, and are fully committed to enhancing our ability to support traffic growth demand from our customers," said Esmaeel Alhammadi, vice president of network development at the carrier.

In addition to offering more bandwidth, the addition of 400G improves the efficiency of fixed-line and mobile broadband services, including IPTV and LTE-Advanced mobile connectivity, Huawei says.

"Both Huawei and Etisalat share a vision of enabling a better connected world for our regional customers. Through our latest partnership on the 400G OTN trial, we have set the stage for increasing access to the modern information society with intelligent management capabilities," added Alan Wang, president of Huawei Etisalat Global Key Account.

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