Telecom Egypt doubles capacity on Delta backbone network with Nokia

27 November 2018 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Telecom Egypt has upgraded its Delta Region DWDM backbone network by adopting Nokia's Photonic Service Engine (PSE) technology, doubling capacity and offering higher-speed services to both broadband and mobile customers.

Commercial deployment of the new high-speed service started in June and represents the first 200G long distance, single carrier transmission service in Africa.

"Doubling capacity on our existing backbone allows us to offer high-speed broadband and LTE services in addition to 100GE services for mobile operators, while reducing costs,” said Ahmed El-Beheiry, managing director and chief executive officer of Telecom Egypt (pictured).

“As our long-term partner, we are confident that Nokia's proven optical network technology will help us maintain our leadership position in offering the latest and best-in-class technology solutions to our customers."

With growth in demand for mobile video and ultra-broadband services, Telecom Egypt worked closely with its partner Nokia to upgrade its current Nokia 1830 PSS backbone network. The network capacity increase brings higher-rate broadband services to fixed customers, as well as higher data rates for LTE mobile subscribers. Upgrading its existing Nokia PSS 1830 switches with Nokia's PSE technology enables Telecom Egypt to double its capacity while reducing operating costs.

Telecom Egypt is upgrading its backbone network using the Nokia 500G DWDM Muxponder, a programmable card that provides wavelength capacities from 50G to 250G per line port. Based on Nokia's PSE coherent digital signal processor, this programmability will allow Telecom Egypt to provision and tune the wavelength capacity per optical route to ensure that its network is operated at peak performance, capacity and lowest cost-per-gigabit.

Amr El-Leithy, head of the MEA market for Nokia, added: "We are proud to be part of this ground-breaking agreement for the continent. We have a longstanding partnership with Telecom Egypt and are pleased to see the growth in demand for both their broadband and LTE services. This is exactly what we had in mind when we designed the 1830 PSS platform. Its flexibility and easy upgradability will allow them to proactively manage the data explosion and develop new revenue streams - all the while improving the experience for their customers."