Etisalat and Huawei Conduct First 400G Trial Optical Transport Network In Middle East And North Africa

Posted on Jul 8 2014 - 10:29am by Editor2

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, together with Etisalat, a leading telecom service provider in UAE, today announced the first successful trial of its new OSN9800 U16 and 400G technology on a commercially available optical transport network (OTN) in UAE. The 400G technology is set to expand the network capacity of operators in order to meet the increasing bandwidth requirements from local customers.

Etisalat and Huawei

In addition to opening up more bandwidth for telecom services, Huawei’s 400G technology enables operators to offer both fixed-line and mobile broadband services to their customers more efficiently, including IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) content and LTE-Advanced mobile connectivity.

As part of its plan to enhance overall network modernization across UAE, Etisalat has been testing various transport network technologies. Over the course of 2014, Etisalat has partnered with Huawei to conduct trials of the 5th Generation (5G) mobile broadband services in the Middle East, as well as an agreement to trial a first-of-its-kind 40Gbps GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks) fiber network that can offer more reliable, faster, and affordable broadband access to households and businesses.

“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, Etisalat. “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.