Alcatel and Zain complete Saudi project

Share this on social media:

Alcatel-Lucent and Zain have announced the completion of an agile optical network to provide ultra-broadband access throughout Saudi Arabia.

The fibre-optic backbone network is based on converged wavelength division multiplexing/optical transport (WDM/OTN) technology, enabling Zain to provide 100 gigabit-per-second capability throughout the country main metropolitan areas.

The two companies says they are also conducting a trial of 400 gigabit-per-second data transmission over an existing optical link carrying live network traffic in the city of Jeddah.

Hassan Kabbani, CEO of Zain, said: 'Zain Saudi Arabia is the first operator in the Middle East to deploy Alcatel-Lucent’s agile optical network technology over an existing fibre network. The growing appetite for bandwidth-hungry mobile devices and applications is driving tremendous demand throughout our network and taking this approach provides high-capacity with the flexibility and efficiency to serve our customers today and in the future.

'The 400G trial underscores our leadership within the Middle East and reinforces our commitment to maintaining leading-edge high-speed Internet capability.'

Recent News

05 October 2022

US rural provider, Nextlink is investing in network expansion, adding Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming and Louisiana to its footprint.

04 October 2022

This allows the UK to have a greater role in promoting a free, open and secure internet and "connecting the unconnected."

04 October 2022

The specialist security firm was launched by Adva to protect mission-critical communication networks from cyber attacks.

03 October 2022

The company is expanding its low-latency routes into São Paulo.