Infinera lands Auto-Lambda contract with Globe Telecom

20 September 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Globe Telecom has enlisted Infinera to deploy its Auto-Lambda solution to upgrade its existing 4G access and aggregation networks and in anticipation of providing future 5G services.

By leveraging autotuneable optics Globe will be able to address growing capacity demands while and scale to address bandwidth growth within its current network architecture while reducing capex and opex. It will also advance its previously deployed IP network to support the increasing demands in mobile backhaul capacity for 5G.

“In today’s environment, our customers are always online and want unhindered access and capacity. As one of the leading telecom services in the Philippines, we seek the best technology to support our nation’s connectivity needs,” said Jaeson Evangelista, head transport planning at Globe Telecom.

“Our network requires a solution that is easy to deploy and scalable to meet the increasing capacity needs of our customers. We chose Infinera’s Auto-Lambda solution because it provides the innovation and benefits our network needs, from operational simplicity and ease of deployment to cost savings and eliminating the need for new networking hardware. Additionally, Infinera’s autotuneable optics provide a unique solution that enables DWDM upgrades directly into third-party devices in our network, making installation and deployment easy for our engineers.”

Infinera’s Auto-Lambda solution means Globe will be able to plug autotuneable dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) optics directly into its existing aggregation and access nodes, allowing its network to automatically tune each of the optical signals to the appropriate wavelength, which significantly simplifies deployment while increasing capacity.

“Globe has a rich legacy in the Philippines for its telecommunication services and providing the country with unmatched connectivity,” said Nick Walden, SVP worldwide sales at Infinera. “Globe’s deployment of Infinera’s Auto-Lambda solution highlights the benefits provided by Infinera’s innovation, including autotuneable optics that provide high-capacity access and aggregation DWDM networks without an extensive overhaul to an operator’s existing network infrastructure.”

In recent months Globe has made a series of announcements to support next-gen capabilities and deployments. In April, it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to leverage HPE’s new multi-access edge compute (MEC) solution and in May started to look at the use of satellites for rural coverage. Earlier this month it made its switch to "digital solutions group" official, enhancing its focus on creating "a robust digital ecosystem for the Filipino". It will also "continue to look for new ventures that are ready to scale", building on its existing footprint in fintech, healthcare, entertainment, adtech, e-commerce, manpower, IT services, and venture capital.