Copel Telecom, a wholly-owned telecommunications subsidiary of Brazilian power utility firm Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel), has selected Germany’s Coriant to supply it with coherent 100G transmission technology to significantly increase the speed and performance of its fibre-optic backbone network in Brazil. Under the contract, the vendor will upgrade Copel Telecom’s Coriant-supplied hiT 7300 intelligent transport platform – initially deployed by the telco in 2010 – with 100G technology, to enable Copel to cost-effectively future proof its infrastructure network and continue to deliver affordable and high-quality broadband services throughout the state of Paran. Commenting on the tie-up, Copel Telecom CEO Adir Hannouche said: ‘We are committed to bringing our customers innovative and affordable internet access services such as our fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) offering, while at the same time ensuring that they enjoy a superior broadband experience as their application needs evolve over time’. Meanwhile, the operator’s chief technology officer, Antonio Carlos W P Melo, pointed out that: ‘A robust backbone network [will allow the telco] to support economic development and information exchange for both large and small enterprises, whose service needs also continue to evolve’.
Copel Telecom’s backbone network has been built to provide a resilient foundation for a wide range of consumer and business-related services and applications, including ultra-fast broadband internet access, triple-play, bandwidth-on-demand, carrier wholesale, cloud computing, and data centre interconnect services. The Copel network consists of more than 9,330km of fibre-optic cables deployed between its main ring and urban radials (self-sustained cables), totalling more than 30,000km and reaching more than 400 cities in south Brazil. Optimised for high-performance, low latency coherent optical transmission, the hiT 7300 multi-haul platform adds scalability and reliability to Copel Telecom’s backbone network, at a low cost of ownership. The network-wide upgrade to 100G, which is currently ongoing, is enabled by Coriant software intelligence, the vendor said.