Vodacom, Nokia successfully test superfast optical network

Vodacom, Nokia successfully test superfast optical network

Vodacom South Africa and Nokia have successfully tested the mobile operator’s nationwide optical transmission network to deliver superfast transmission through Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE-3) chipset hardware.

According to a statement to the media, the field trial achieved the highest data transmission rates and performance demonstrating a significant increase in transmission network capacity for Vodacom South Africa.

The optical transmission network allows the transference of data on different light frequencies in an optic fibre cable. The deployment of the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch will assist Vodacom South Africa in maintaining high quality data services across the country, to both address the ongoing surge in data traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, the statement says.

This will ensure preparedness for the higher peak network speeds which will result from the expansion of services such as 5G. The nationwide optical network will connect all major South African cities, large data centres and network hubs.

Speaking on the trial, Beverly Ngwenya, Technology Director at Vodacom South Africa, said:”Vodacom continuously seeks to provide a world-class network experience for its customers. Initiatives such as these will ensure that our customers continue to enjoy a high-quality network service while also allowing Vodacom to optimise its network resources to support the increase in demand for data connectivity services and for the expansion of our 5G network in future.”

The live network trial successfully established a high-capacity 500Gbps link between regional data centres in Midrand and a 300Gbps link over a long-distance route between Cape Town and Midrand. This was achieved without any electrical regeneration on a route that spans more than 1600 kilometres. 

Also commenting, Roque Lozano, Vice President of IP and Optics for the Middle East and Africa market at Nokia, said:  “Nokia’s PSE technology provides greater network capacity while also reducing the cost per bit, significantly improving power savings.  We are pleased with the results of our trial that comes from our continued strategic partnership with Vodacom South Africa.”

“Our solution will support the operator in meeting the ever-growing demand for more capacity that comes with 5G, fibre-to-the-home and Enterprise DCI, maximizing its optical network’s performance with highly reliable and flexible new services,” concludes Lozano.

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