Etisalat partners Blue Planet for network automation

Etisalat partners Blue Planet for network automation

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Etisalat has deployed an end-to-end multi-vendor DWDM transport network orchestration in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region with software from Blue Planet.

The collaboration lays the groundwork for an adaptive and self-optimising network. Using Blue Planet’s automation software supports Etisalat’s digital transformation journey in line with UAE’s vision to create a more competitive digital economy.

“Etisalat as a global leader in many technologies and innovations continuously aims to enhance its leadership, position, network efficiency and provide superior customer experience, and a zero-touch network target is a tool to achieve this,” said Haitham Abdulrazzak (pictured), chief technology officer at Etisalat.

“Transport network is in the heart of all autonomous networks, and the deployment of Blue Planet solution is a major step in our strategy to create more agile on demand adaptive networks.”

By reducing manual operations and automating order-to-service processes, Blue Planet enables Etisalat to reduce the time it takes to introduce new services by 70% to 90%.

This is achieved using the Blue Planet Multi Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) at the transport DWDM network level, which is combined with Etisalat’s existing OSS inventory and automation systems to execute closed loop automation.

In addition, Blue Planet also provides automated fibre diversity by integrating with a GIS system, while orchestrating service provisioning across the multi-vendor and multi-domain WDM network.

The Blue Planet software will also enable Etisalat to dynamically tune and adjust bandwidth on demand, so that its customers to quickly self-provision network resources whenever needed.

“Across the globe, operators are using automation to create networks that can handle the ever-changing expectations of their users and Etisalat is at the forefront of that movement,” added Rick Hamilton, senior vice president at Blue Planet, a division of Ciena.

“Our Blue Planet software will support this network transformation to accelerate service delivery.”

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