Brazil telecom operator Vivo – in association with Chinese mobile equipment vendor Huawei – has deployed the first wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) lines crossing the Amazon River and the Amazon rainforest in a bid to address data demands during FIFA World Cup next year.
Huawei last week said the WDM lines, which are capable of supporting transmission of voice as well as broadband data services, connect two Brazilian state capitals: Amazonas’ capital Manaus and Para’s capital Belem. These areas already witnessed huge data demands.
Manaus is one of the 2014 FIFA World Cup host cities. Vivo expects that Manaus will have a huge number of football fans visiting the city from around the world in 2014. As a result, the telecom operator is expected to see a surge in demand for mobile broadband services.
Vivo says WDM lines that cross the Amazon river and Amazon rainforest, which would connect Manaus to optical backbone networks, will boost the city’s network capacity and greatly benefit the 3.7 million people living in Amazonas.
The WDM lines are 2100 kilometers connecting over 20 cities in the Amazon rainforest including five super-long spans (200 km to 261 km).
“Vivo and Huawei’s collaboration has changed the history of communications in Amazon forever,” said Veni Shone, president of Huawei Brazil.
During the WDM network project implementation, Vivo and Huawei faced and tackled many challenges. Vivo and Huawei employed transportation means such as planes, four-wheel drives, freighters, speedboats, and even rafts to transport personnel and equipment in the rough terrain and harsh environment of the rainforest.
Additionally, Huawei’s next-generation WDM/OTN platform is perfect for application in this vast and sparsely populated area since it supports WDM transmission over a single span longer than 300 kilometers. The current networks support 40G wavelengths and can evolve to 100G super-large capacity networks in the future, Huawei said in a statement.