MTN, Huawei Field Trial SDN-based 2.4T WDM System in South Africa

MTN, Africa's largest telecoms operator in partnership with Huawei has successfully conducted a live trial of a Transport Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and 2.4Tbit/s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) system on its national fibre backbone network in South Africa. 

According to Huawei, the ultra-fast single-channel 2.4 Tbit/s trial is currently the fastest and most intelligent optical network to date in the industry, setting the standard for the evolution of optical transport. It added that the trial also successfully demonstrated SDN features such as Bandwidth on Demand (BoD), Virtual Transport Service (VTS) and Automatic O&M functions.

"With this successful field trial, we have demonstrated our commitment to digital innovation. MTN continues to invest in future-proof transport networks to realize world class technologies, not only to our existing markets, but to extend our technology offerings globally. We believe that networks such as cloud computing, streaming media and mobile broadband must be scalable, intelligent and flexible. To this end, Huawei's next generation optical evolution concept 'SDN-based flex optical network' properly fits our requirements."

-       Navi Naidoo, Group Technology Officer, MTN

"Huawei will maintain cooperation and joint innovation with MTN, and continue to promote the commercialization process of SDN and ultra-high speed optical transmission technology, in order to jointly meet the challenges of a digital future. " 

-        Zha Jun, President of Huawei's Fixed Network Business Unit

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