Spark New Zealand Signs 3-Year Deal with Nokia for Core and Backhaul IP/MPLS Network Upgrade

Spark New Zealand Signs 3-Year Deal with Nokia for Core and Backhaul IP/MPLS Network Upgrade Image Credit: Nokia

Spark New Zeland has signed a three year strategic partnership with Nokia for the upgrade of its core and backhaul IP/MPLS network. 

Nokia will be providing best in class IP and Optics equipment and software to the Spark network, including the new Nokia 7250 platform. This deal follows closely on the heels of Spark's launch of 200 Gb/s per wavelength fiber link using the Nokia 1830 PSS Optical Transport partnering with Nokia 

Unprecedented growth in demand for mobile and fixed broadband is driving the need for an upgrade, as Spark prepares for the move to 5G, ubiquitous ultra-broadband connectivity and rapid growth in IoT.

The Nokia 7250 IXR-R6 addresses key network requirements for traffic growth and major architectural changes on the path to 5G. It features terabit capacity and high-port density delivered in a compact, ruggedized form factor.

The Nokia 7250 IXR-R6 comes with advanced security features and a wide choice of interconnectivity options ranging from legacy SDH/SONET to high-speed, latency sensitive Ethernet, suitable for next-generation fronthaul interface (NGFI). The 7250 IXR-R6 enables cost-effective transport of both latency-sensitive and 'bursty' traffic, which makes it equally suitable for ultra-broadband as well as for new IoT-based services.

Rajesh Singh, GM of Partnering, Procurement and Vendor Management, Spark
This strategic partnership is a key step for us to realize our vision of a data-driven future for New Zealand. Nokia is helping us to achieve worldwide leadership in preparing for 5G. It will allow us to offer our customers the most advanced mobile and fixed broadband services anywhere, efficiently and securely.

Kent Wong, Head of Nokia's IP Business in Asia Pasific 
We are very pleased to continue our strategic partnership with Spark, which is committed to keeping New Zealanders at the cutting edge of technology. Spark's investment will safely accommodate future growth as they benefit from Nokia's global reach, expertise and agility. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at), or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma


Sonus Powers SBC Solution with Next Gen Firewall to Enhance Enterprise Security


T-Mobile Plans to Rollout 600 MHz Network This Summer



Artelligence 2019

Network Virtualization and SDN Asia

Network Virtualization & SDN Americas

Mobile 360 Digital Societies 2019

TADSummit 2019

MWC Los Angeles 2019

The Digitrans Forum 2019

Mobile 360 Eurasia 2019