Optimus hires ZTE for backbone expansion

4 Mar 2010

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has announced that it has been awarded a contract to upgrade a fibre-optic backbone connecting Lisbon and Porto for Optimus. Under the deal, ZTE will deploy its ZXWM M920 solution optical networking product which promises to combine high-capacity and long-haul transmission capabilities, replacing the cellco’s legacy infrastructure. Chen Yufei, VP at ZTE, said: ‘As with many other European carriers, Optimus is faced with the challenge of meeting the requirements of a growing customer base and the exponential demand for data, leading it to upgrade its infrastructure with a cutting-edge solution. With its high-capacity and superior transmission performance, ZTE’s 40G solution is well-placed to help Optimus build a next-generation network covering key Portuguese cities.’ As reported by CommsUpdate on 23 February 2009, ZTE was recently contracted to deploy a software defined radio (SDR) multi-mode platform for Optimus in four regions of Portugal.

Meanwhile, Huawei Technologies has announced that it has completed the deployment of an all-IP fixed and mobile convergence (FMC)-enabled Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) backbone network. Huawei has installed NetEngine 5000E (NE5000E) core routers and NE40E universal service routers to Optimus and deployed the bearing network for both fixed and mobile operations. The network supports value-added services (VAS) and evolution to 40Gbps and 100Gbps services in the future.