Indonesian telecom services provider XL Axiata has selected Ericsson of Sweden to supply it with a 5G-ready transport network. The pair have signed a contract for the vendor to provide XL Axiata with 5G-enabled routers for the rollout of services over the next three years, commencing in Q2 2019. Under the plan Ericsson will provide its Router 6000 for all XL sites selected to be upgraded under the contract. The Swedish company notes that its router is optimised for 10G/100G connectivity, as well as the low latency, high accuracy internal clock and IPsec security capabilities required in 5G backhaul networks.
Earlier this month, XL Axiata and Chinese gear maker Huawei announced the building of a next generation all-optical network in the country, which the former notes is designed to support its ongoing expansion in homes and businesses across Indonesia ahead of the 5G era. The Chinese firm’s Optical Networking 2.0 solution is expected to simplify network architecture oriented to FMC and 5G-based services. Huawei’s solution uses an OXC (all-optical cross-connect) device – claiming an industry first – to build a 3D-mesh backbone network and enable one-hop connection between sites to implement fast end-to-end service provisioning. Further, Optical Networking 2.0 promotes the extension of optical networks to end nodes on the network and the building out of a 5G Ready metro network.