12 July 2017
| James Pearce
WorldLink is partnering with Nokia to upgrade its 650km backbone network that runs between a number of Nepalese cities and connects the country to other countries including India.
WorldLink is the largest fixed
broadband provider in the Himalayan country and will now
upgrade its backbone to offer 100G services, using
Nokia’s 1830 PSS (Photonic Service Switch) DWDM
(Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology.
The Nepalese telco says it is connecting 10,000 residential
fibre to the home subscribers every month, resulting in the
need to expand the capacity of its optical backbone in its
biggest ever project in order to meet demand.
Samit Jana, CTO, WorldLink, said: "WorldLink has a
commitment to Nepal to transform the communications landscape
so that our people and enterprises thrive. This is our largest
project to date and it will allow us to provide ultra-fast
broadband services for our mobile and fixed network subscribers
in cities as well as rural areas across the country."
The intercity network stretches from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa
and Birgunj, whilst also providing connectivity outside of the
Nokia's optical network technology will allow WorldLink to
flexibly increase its network capacity, reach and density as
the technology is powered by Nokia's Photonic Service Engine-2
with super coherent technology (PSE-2s), what it claims is the
industry’s "most programmable chipset".
Sanjay Malik, head of India Market , at Nokia, said: "We are
proud to be part of WorldLink's vision to transform Nepal's
communications architecture by providing the first 100G
transport network. Nokia's highly scalable optical platform
will ensure low latency and high resiliency, and allow
WorldLink to cost-effectively increase network capacity as