KPN upgrades European network

KPN and Huawei have deployed 100G services on KPN’s European network.

The move provides the Dutch telecoms and ICT service provider with an ‘ultra-high-speed’ transport link between London and Amsterdam on its KPN International wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) network.

“The leading coherent 100G commercial application enables us to secure large bandwidth and high stability requirements on our network and serve our customers even better,” said Jasper Snijder, MD of KPN International.

Existing 10G/40G services on KPN’s network were not affected during the upgrade, which the company believes will help resolve the large bandwidth challenges facing the industry. The 100G service uses Huawei’s WDM systems which claim to offer a transmission rate of eight Tb/s, allowing customers to take only one second to download 240 DVD movies, each of which is two hours long.

“This breakthrough is a significant milestone in the commercial application of high-speed transport networks. Huawei looks forward to continuing to cooperate with industry-leading operators to advance the commercial application of high-speed transport networks,” said Christian Chua, president of Transmission Network, Huawei.

For Huawei, the move caps a busy period of activity across Europe. Earlier this month, Capacity reported on Huawei’s long-term agreement to reach and develop new technologies with Telecom Italia (found here), which covered the development of infrastructures, mobile devices and applications, and software and enterprise solutions over the next five years.

A report in December of last year (found here) also highlights how the Chinese vendor was already gaining a noticeable lead in its share of the global LTE equipment contracts, in particular taking 18 contracts for commercial LTE deployments in the western market.

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