Telenor picks Nokia for optical backbone upgrade

11 January 2018 | James Pearce


Telenor has selected Nokia to replace and upgrade its optical network in Norway and Sweden, opening the door for future software-defined networking technology (SDN) upgrades.

The multi-terabit capacity network will support Telenor’s future plans for 5G mobile deployments, whilst also enhancing its ability to cope with increasing consumer demand for IP video services, and demand for cloud applications.

The next-generation optical network will feature Nokia's optical transmission technology, built on the Finnish vendor’s advanced wavelength routing. The network will offer an SDN-ready platform with which Telenor can automate, optimise and assure network services, Nokia claims.

Nicolas Almendro, head of Europe & MEA optics business development at Nokia, said: "We are excited to be chosen for this multi-year turnkey project. This highly resilient and secure optical backbone will play a critical role in deploying next-generation services to Telenor customers in Norway and Sweden, and help the customer prepare for the demands of 5G."