Nokia announced it has been selected by Thailand operator dtac to deploy a Software Defined Network (SDN)-ready IP/DWDM Core to support the increased bandwidth demand.
dtac, part of the Telenor Group and the second largest mobile operator in Thailand, is the first operator in the country to deploy such a network.
The IP/DWDM Core network is expected to deliver ultra-broadband mobile access to more than 40 percent of the Thai population.
Nokia will replace dtac’s existing IP core routing and Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network with the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) and the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).
The deployment also includes Nokia’s security gateway for dtac’s LTE network. Combined, these platforms ensure that dtac is well positioned to meet customer bandwidth requirements into the future while improving network flexibility and reliability.
The new core network, based on Nokia’s technologies, will enable dtac to handle the increased data demand. It will also provide them with the open interfaces and the programmability necessary to support a migration to SDN.
Prathet Tankuranun, chief technology officer, Total Access Communication (dtac), said, the deployment with Nokia is an important next step in its migration towards full SDN automation.
Sebastien Laurent, head of Nokia Thailand, said, “Deploying Nokia’s end-to-end IP/DWDM Core solution provides the foundation for an SDN-centric network and will allow dtac to implement on-demand services while also easing operation and maintenance demands. Deploying this technology will make dtac the first carrier in Thailand positioned to implement carrier SDN in preparation for the cloud era.”