New Zealand-based Spark is set to partner with Nokia to improve the capacity, flexibility and agility of its core and backhaul IP/MPLS networks. Under the terms of the contract, Nokia will supply Spark with its 7250 Interconnect Router R6 (IXR-R6) solution, which the vendor claims will address key network requirements for traffic growth and major architectural changes on the path to 5G.
The telco cites unprecedented growth in demand for mobile and fixed broadband as driving the need for an upgrade, and seeks to make New Zealand one of the first countries globally to be ready for 5G. The upgrade will also mean that Spark is well-placed to cater for the rapid growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. Going forward, Spark plans to further expand the capacity and agility of its transport network over the next two years to better prepare for 5G.