Nokia selected for Telenor optical backbone update

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Telenor Group is replacing its legacy optical backbone network across Norway and Sweden and has selected Nokia as sole supplier for the work. The upgrade will involve replacing its current optical core network, which connects major centres across Norway and Sweden. It is designed to provide a much-needed increase in bandwidth capacity throughout the countries.

Driving the need for the new multi-terabit capacity are the coming evolution to 5G mobile; growing consumer demand for online video and internet usage; as well as an increasing use of cloud applications and the associated need for data centre interconnections.

The next-generation optical network will feature Nokia's coherent optical transmission technology, which allows for greater flexibility and dynamic network management and automation. The network offers a software-defined network (SDN)-ready platform that will provide Telenor with a more efficient way to automate, optimize and assure network services.

‘We are excited to be chosen for this multi-year turnkey project,’ said Nicolas Almendro, head of Europe & MEA optics business development at Nokia. ‘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.’

Image credit: University of Glasgow, James Watt School of Engineering

23 November 2021

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