Etisalat and Huawei trial 400G technology in UAE

Etisalat and Huawei trial 400G technology in UAE

Etisalat and Huawei have announced the successful trial of the Chinese vendor’s 400G technology on a commercially available optical transport network (OTN) in UAE.

The technology is designed to expand the network capacity of operators and help the companies to manage increasing bandwidth demands from local customers.

“Both Huawei and Etisalat share a vision of enabling a better-connected world for our regional customers,” said Alan Wang, president of Huawei Etisalat Global Key Account. “Through our latest partnership on the 400G OTN trial, we have set the stage for increasing access to the modern information society with intelligent management capabilities.”

Huawei’s 400G technology is also expected to enable operators to offer both fixed-line and mobile broadband services – such as IPTV and LTE-A connectivity – to customers more efficiently.

“With Huawei’s 400G technology, Etisalat’s existing network asset has proven its capability of supporting future, next-generation transmission technology, and are fully committed to enhancing our ability to support traffic growth demand from our customers,” said Esmaeel Alhammadi, VP of network development at Etisalat.

Etisalat has been testing a number of network technologies this year as part of its plan to enhance network modernisation across UAE, and has agreed to trial a 40Gbps GPON (Gigabit-capable passive optical network) fibre system, to offer faster and more reliable broadband access to businesses.

The agreement follows such a collaboration between the two companies earlier this year, for mobile network expansions in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Northern Emirates over the course of 2014.