Finnish vendor Nokia has been contracted by Japan’s Energia Communications (EneCom) to roll out what will reportedly be the first 100Gbps network in the Chugoku region of Japan’s main island Honshu. In a press release confirming the development Nokia said that by deploying a ‘cutting-edge optical transport system integrated with 100G/200G coherent technology’, it will transform EneCom’s transport network to provide highly flexible and reliable services. This infrastructure will be deployed in the region’s main cities of Okayama and Hiroshima. As part of the project Nokia will utilise its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) to provide integrated ultra-wideband wavelength routing and switching, with a view to optimising EneCom’s networks for unpredictable traffic demands. Meanwhile, it was noted that EneCom expects to leverage the new network to ‘offer protection during natural disasters’, with it featuring real-time optical fibre supervision capable of monitoring and locating fibre breakage; this, it is claimed, will greatly improve the efficiency of network operation and maintenance, and the reliability of the network.
Commenting on the project, Satoshi Kumagai, CEO of Energia Communications, said: ‘We are committed to continue offering our subscribers reasonable, reliable, and high-quality services. To do so, we need to meet the huge increase in traffic driven by cloud-based services, Wi-Fi offloads, rich video content and the future demands of IoT and 5G. The disaster recovery function will provide stable services even during natural disasters.’