DNA to increase data volumes on its network

DNA, the Finnish telecommunications group, has confirmed that it is going to replace backbone devices with ones that have better efficiency and high transfer capacity.

The replacement of all the devices will form part of a three year extensive project, the company said. And will continue after the three year time frame if and when any additional devices require increased capacity.

Mikko Kannisto, director of DNA’s transmission networks, said: “Although the data volumes keep growing, DNA’s networks continue to be reliable, efficient and top modern. We want to perform proactive maintenance on our networks in order to keep our customer promise, i.e. provide good services.”

DNA says that in replacing these network critical devices it can continue to provide services to customers ensuring that connections run smoothly and are not impacted by disruption or delay.

Ericsson will provide DNA with the new backbone routers and support services.

Commenting on the news, Olli Sirkka, CEO of Ericsson Finland, said: “The Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts that by 2022 mobile data volumes will be globally eight times higher than today. The growth of data traffic is driven by new mobile devices, popular applications using up a lot of data such as videos, extremely good 4G networks, and pricing models attracting mobile data users. It is extremely important to ensure that the networks continue to be able to deal with the rapidly growing data volumes particularly in Finland, where the people are hungry for mobile data. According to the information provided by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, we used already an average of over 16 gigabits of data per subscription per month last year, which is a huge figure.”

The router series selected by DNA is the Juniper Networks MX2000 and MX960, as both are scalable according to the network needs without the need for any additional investment or modifications.

“We had to make special arrangements to test the different device options, as it was not easy to generate traffic of 400 gigabits to 1.2 terabits per second in foreign test laboratories,” added Kannisto. “However, we had to use such data volumes to test how the device would behave in DNA’s network configuration with such volumes.”