Nokia and Windstream deploy 400G-capable IP network sites

Nokia and Windstream deploy 400G-capable IP network sites


Nokia and Windstream have completed the first sites for a nationwide core IP network enhancement in the US.

Using Nokia’s 750 service router platform Windstream was able to expand capacity across its core routing network as it lays the groundwork for next-gen broadband and 5G services.

Windstream is replacing its legacy core router platform with Nokia's 7750 SR-7s, an IP router platform that offers high-port densities at both 10G and 100G interfaces, with software-defined network capabilities to enable quick and easy transitioning to 400G as needed.  

“Windstream is thrilled to work with Nokia for this next-phase national IP core build-out,” said Buddy Bayer (pictured), chief network officer at Windstream. 

“We continue to see tremendous growth in network traffic and the need to deliver more throughput and higher capacity to our customers is critical. Building out this backbone with Nokia's 400G-capable routers will allow us to stay ahead of our customers’ network needs.”

In doing so Windstream is able to support 5G interconnectivity and significant growth in backbone traffic driven by an increase in mobility applications, video streaming, gaming as well as other high capacity demands like remote working.

Additionally, Nokia's 7750 SR-7s routers are powered by programmable FP4 network processors, which enable deterministic packet forwarding for consistent performance at scale.

The 7750 SR-7s is a modular system and line card architecture with economic licensing and universal optical connectors, giving Windstream scalable system capacity and increased flexibility to optimise any network location.

“Nokia is excited to enhance our longstanding relationship with Windstream and really put the power of our FP4 chipsets to work,” added Ricky Corker, president of customer operations, Americas at Nokia.

“Taking a lead in 400G technologies is paramount to Nokia’s focus, and giving higher levels of connectivity to Windstream’s wholesale customers, especially when so urgently needed throughout COVID-19, is a source of pride for us at Nokia.”

The entire core enhancement covers Windstream’s nationwide network, which Nokia and Windstream expect to complete by late 2021.

The first four network sites have already gone live in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Ashburn, Virginia. The fifth will happen in New York City and is due to be completed by the end of 2020.

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