Bharti Airtel expands long-haul DWDM network

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India-based provider Bharti Airtel is expanding its long-haul DWDM network. The project is based on a disaggregated approach as part of the company’s modernisation strategy that enables it to offer cost-optimised 5G mobile backhaul and high-speed enterprise business connectivity throughout North-west India.

Bharti Airtel has selected Ribbon Communications to build the new network, leveraging the latter’s Apollo suite of programmable and open optical transport platforms, with support for a combined network capacity across C&L bands of up to 51.2T. This will help to position Airtel to fulfil current and future bandwidth needs. The long-haul solution will support the transport of 100GE/400GE IP services over 400G optical channels, while, Ribbon’s Muse domain orchestration platform can also help to deliver real-time network monitoring and management.

Sam Bucci, Chief Operating Officer at Ribbon says: “Airtel continues to push the boundaries in digital service delivery and we’re proud to support their mission with our solutions and expertise. This massive new network will have a tremendous impact as it delivers extensive capacity in one of the world’s most populous countries.”


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