Telefónica taps Nokia to boost Fusión Red project


Nokia announced that its next-generation optical solution has been selected by Telefónica Spain for its new metrotransport network.

The Spanish telco will use the technology to handle the massive traffic growth fueled by its successful Fusión quadruple-play services.

Nokia will deploy the network in areas of high population density including Barcelona and Catalonia, ultimately covering half of Spain.

Telefónica Spain’s three-year Fusión Red project was prompted by the explosive growth in video traffic on its networks from its Fusión quadruple play offer and, in particular, its Movistar TV service, which has expanded to include Canal+ services and the introduction of ‘catch-up’ TV.  To date, Fusión has more than 15 million fiber lines, the widest adoption in Europe, and four million pay-TV subscribers, the company said.

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Nokia will provide multiple elements of its recently enhanced optical portfolio based on the Nokia Photonic Service Engine version 2 (PSE-2), including the packet-OTN switch, the Nokia 1830 PSS-24x. Consisting of metro access, aggregation and core mesh connectivity, the new transport network will provide the flexibility and scalability required to cope with traffic growth from Telefónica Spain expanding Fusión data and video services across high-density centers in Spain.

Commenting on this partnership, Javier Gutierrez, director of Network Strategy and Development, Telefonica Spain, said, “The demand for video as part of our Fusión service has moved our data traffic to levels never before seen. We have, however, anticipated this growth and are evolving our network through our Fusión Red project – first for IP, and now at the transport layer.”

Gutierrez added that Nokia’s optical portfolio will provide them with the future-proof, next-generation solution to stay ahead of customer demand for many years to come.

Sam Bucci, head of Nokia’s Optical business, said, ” Nokia’s recently announced optical innovations will lay the groundwork necessary for Telefónica to easily handle the surge in traffic brought on by it’s highly successful Fusión quad-play service, both now and well into the future.”

Rajani Baburajan

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