Mobily activates 400 G IP core network powered by Huawei

Huawei on Monday said Saudi Arabian telecoms Mobily activated its 400 G IP core network.

The 400 G IP core network enables Mobily to implement future-ready networks and improve customer experience.

Mobily’s 400G IP core capabilities enable the telecoms to provide better customer experience for UMTS/LTE, video, teleconferencing, machine-to-machine (M2M), and cloud computing services.

Telecom operators’ data traffic from wireless broadband network services rose from 163 to 750 terabytes per day in the region.

By the end of 2013, the planned expansion of the fiber optics network will take the overall reach to 500,000 residential units.

“The new 400G IP core provides excellent performance and scalability, and will allow Mobily to continue to develop its services over the coming years,” said Nasser AL Nasser, COO, Mobily.

The network uses a Huawei NE5000E core router that supports flexible networking of 100GE ports, 40GE ports, and 10GE ports to provide an ulta-large capacity of 400 Gb/s per line card, and can be evolved to provide a Terabit-level capacity for the backbone network.

In addition, power consumption of the 400G line card is within 1 W/G, keeping energy and investment costs low.

“Rapid development of mobile broadband and video services will generate tremendous traffic growth for backbone networks. Now is the time to apply 400G technology,” said Zha Jun, president of Huawei Fixed Network Business Unit.

Huawei carrier IP products and solutions are serving China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Orange S.A, Telefonica, and SingTel.

Ovum says Huawei had the highest growth rate in the global IP market in Q1 of 2013.

Mobily 400G deal with Huawei

Last week, a unit of Saudi Arabia’s No.2 mobile firm Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) signed a memorandum of understanding with four shareholders in Etihad Atheeb to buy a controlling interest in the loss-making fixed line operator.

Mobily, an affiliate of the United Arab Emirates’ Etisalat does not have a fixed-line licence and acquired data provider Bayanat Al-Oula for 1.5 billion riyals ($399.98 million) in 2008 to offer fixed-line Internet services.

It earlier signed another MoU with Atheeb, which operates under the brand name Go, in December to offer fixed-line calls. Atheeb Trading Co holds a 16.4 percent stake in Etihad Atheeb, Al Nahla has 13.9 percent and Traco Group owns 5.9 percent, Reuters reported.

Earlier, Mobily and Huawei announced their plan to set up telecom service delivery platform in Middle East. The SDP enables Mobily to implement new multimedia services collaborating with content publishers, service providers and other players on the value chain. The platform allows Mobily to set up their own app store, integrate with OTT content providers, and develop cloud-oriented services.

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