20 February 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
ZTE announces that it has won a 70% share of the first stage of the access network modernisation project with Russian operator Rostelecom.
Rostelecom is to build the first stage of the project using
ZTE’s Multi-Service Access
Network (MSAN) product which leverages VDSL. The
second stage of the build will use high-speed technologies as
G.vectoring and G.fast, which are currently being tested by
The company says the need to upgrade its network has been
driven by the growth of IP Internet services and the need for
general high speed internet access. As a result, Rostelecom
urgently needs an integrated access platform that can handle
traditional services as well as provides high-speed broadband
services. The new solution improves speeds of the existing
copper network and supports high-bandwidth for the new
services, including 4K/8K video and potentially AR/VR.
To help Rostelecom meet this objective ZTE will offer up its
advanced optic/copper integrated product
equipment, the C350M/C300M MSAN. According to ZTE, the solution
lowers Rostelecom’s capital expenditure while
meeting the need of increased network speeds. In addition, it
also allows evolution towards the FTTx network, enabling
Rostelecom to directly deploy the C350M/C300M MSAN product on
its next-generation optical network.
ZTE also meets the strict requirement for equipment
performance, particularly in the harsh weather that Russia is
known to experience. This includes equipping its products with
lithium batteries that have long performance times in
low-temperature environments. In addition, ZTE provide
customised outdoor cabinets that are cold-resistant,
water-proof, moisture-resistant and dust-proof to guarantee
internet reliability and stability.
Specifically, the C350M/C300M MSAN product also adopts a
variety of energy-saving innovations, including smart
electricity-supply technology and higher-density ASIC chips,
which ZTE says reduces the power consumption per port by more
than 30% from the industry average, and significantly
decreasing the operating expenditure for Rostelecom.
This is one of a number of contracts ZTE has won of late.
In November, ZTE won a 47% share of the bid for China
Unicom’s IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) network
project. The IMS project will see China Unicom offer a
range of new and applications such as VoLTE and RCS (Rich
Communication Suite), one number with multiple devices, VoWiFi
and 5G voice services etc.
Multi-Service Access Network,