Telenor contracts Nokia for optical backbone network replacement

11 Jan 2018

Norway’s Telenor Group has selected Finnish vendor Nokia as its sole supplier for the replacement of its legacy optical backbone network, the latter has announced. In a press release confirming the plan, Nokia claimed that Telenor’s new optical core network will provide much-needed bandwidth capacity in Norway and Sweden as Telenor Group looks to increase bandwidth capacity by replacing its current optical core network connecting major centres across the two countries.

According to Nokia, the next generation optical network will feature the vendor’s state-of-the-art coherent optical transmission technology. Built on Nokia’s solutions with advanced wavelength routing (CDC-F), it will reportedly allow for greater flexibility and dynamic network management and automation. Further, the network offers an SDN-ready platform that will provide Telenor with a more efficient way to automate, optimise and assure network services.

Commenting on the matter, Nicolas Almendro, head of Europe & MEA Optics Business Development at Nokia, said: ‘We are excited to be chosen for this multi-year turnkey project. This highly resilient and secure optical backbone will play a critical role in deploying next-generation services to Telenor customers in Norway and Sweden, and help the customer prepare for the demands of 5G.’

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