04 June 2018
| James Pearce
Orange has completed the construction of its national fibre network in Spain, using Huawei equipment to build what it claims is the largest capacity long distance transmission network in the world.
The 1,000km backbone network supports up to 96x200Gbps, with
Flexigrid optical multiplexing technology able to reach a total
capacity of 19.2Tbps in a single pair of fibres.
The network aims to help Orange Spain support challenges
posed by new technology deployments, such as 5G, and also boost
its transport capability for 4K video content. The new backbone
will also be used to optimise Orange’s wholesale
Huawei said: "With this project, Huawei has demonstrated
once again the level of maturity and quality that it can
deliver in Spain, both in terms of equipment and local service
The Chinese vendor said the aim of the project was to help
boost network operation efficiency, accelerate time-to-market
of new services, and give Orange Spain’s end users
an optimal experience.
The construction of the 200Gbps backbone network arises from
the consolidation of different DWDM telecommunications network
infrastructures, which were coexisting after several mergers in