Telefonica Espana hands Nokia next-generation metro optical network contract

28 Jun 2016

Spanish fixed line incumbent Telefonica Espana has selected Nokia’s next-generation optical solution for its new metro transport network to handle the significant traffic growth which has resulted from the uptake of its quadruple-play services.

In a press release, the Finnish vendor revealed it would deploy the network in areas of high population density including Barcelona and Catalonia, ultimately covering half of Spain. Nokia will provide multiple elements of its recently enhanced optical portfolio based on the Nokia Photonic Service Engine version 2 (PSE-2), including: a scalable packet-OTN switch, the Nokia 1830 PSS-24x; the 1830 PSS 500G DWDM Muxponder, offering up to 500G of flexible bandwidth for delivery of 100G services; and its CDC-F Wavelength Routing solution, giving Telefonica touchless programmability at the optical layer. Consisting of metro access, aggregation and core mesh connectivity, it has been claimed that the new transport network will provide the flexibility and scalability required to cope with traffic growth from Telefonica expanding its ‘Fusion’ branded multi-play services across high-density centres in Spain.

Commenting on the deal, Javier Gutierrez, Director of Network Strategy and Development at Telefonica Espana, was cited as saying: ‘The demand for video as part of our Fusion service has moved our data traffic to levels never before seen. We have, however, anticipated this growth and are evolving our network through our Fusion Red project – first for IP, and now at the transport layer. Nokia’s optical portfolio is precisely the futureproof, next-generation solution we need to stay ahead of customer demand for many years to come.’