Telefónica Spain selects Nokia for next-gen metro optical network

28 June 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe

Telefónica Spain has partnered with Nokia to deploy a new optical metro network as part of the Fusión Red project to handle massive growth in traffic from new video services and evolve its IP and transport networks.

Nokia is set to deploy its recently enhanced 100G optical transport services portfolio to aide Telefónica Spain meet surging data demand. The network will be deployed in highly populated areas, including Barcelona and Catalonia, leading to rolling out coverage to half of Spain.

“The demand for video as part of our Fusión service has moved our data traffic to levels never before seen. We have, however, anticipated this growth and are evolving our network through our Fusión Red project – first for IP, and now at the transport layer,” said Javier Gutierrez, director of network strategy and development at Telefónica Spain.

“Nokia’s optical portfolio is precisely the future-proof, next-generation solution we need to stay ahead of customer demand for many years to come.”

Telefónica Spain’s three-year Fusión Red project was prompted by the explosive growth in video traffic on its networks from its Fusión quadruple play offer and, in particular, its Movistar TV service, which has expanded to include Canal+ services and the introduction of ‘catch-up’ TV.  To date, Fusión has more than 15 million fibre lines, the widest adoption in Europe, and four million pay-TV subscribers.

Nokia will provide multiple elements of its recently enhanced optical portfolio based on the Nokia Photonic Service Engine version 2 (PSE-2), including the industry’s most scalable packet-OTN switch, the Nokia 1830 PSS-24x. Consisting of metro access, aggregation and core mesh connectivity, the new transport network will provide the flexibility and scalability required to cope with traffic growth from Telefónica Spain expanding Fusión data and video services across high-density centres in Spain.

Sam Bucci, head of Nokia’s optical business, added: “We are pleased to play such a critical and central role in the evolution of Telefónica Spain’s metro network. Nokia’s recently announced optical innovations will lay the groundwork necessary for Telefónica to easily handle the surge in traffic brought on by its highly successful Fusión quad-play service, both now and well into the future.”