BT to test 800G interfaces on IP routers for cost-efficient capacity

Nokia announced that BT will test its FP5 network processing silicon, which powers Nokia’s IP service routing platforms.
BT Chief Architect Neil McRaeNokia has added support for 800G routing interfaces, new embedded line rate, flow-based encryption capabilities, and 75 percent cut in power consumption, which supports BT’s sustainability objectives to run the most power efficient network in the UK.

BT operates the largest IP network in the UK with peak rates above 25Tbps, powered by Nokia’s 77xx family of routers. BT is the first in the UK to test the 800G interfaces on IP routers, helping to ensure the most cost-efficient scale and capacity where its future UK customer traffic demands.

“With FP5, Nokia continues to innovate to ensure IP networks have the scale, flexibility and features to help us manage increasing demand from customers. We’re eager to trial its capabilities as we grow our network capacity – part of our Best Network strategy for meeting our customers’ future needs,” Neil McRae, Managing Director and Chief Architect at BT, said.

“Key to the FP5 trial will be FP5’s capability to support high-density standards based QSFP-DD 800 ports, which are immediately available with the FP5 and a real differentiator for Nokia,” Rafa de Fermin, VP Network Infrastructure at Nokia, said.