TWA and Nokia to link Pakistan, UAE and Oman with optical network

TWA and Nokia to link Pakistan, UAE and Oman with optical network

Nokia announced on Wednesday that Pakistan Tier-1 carrier Transworld Associates (TWA) will use its optical transport solution to build a new optical network connecting Pakistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.

The project – which is part of TWA’s subsea capacity expansion plan to accommodate the exponential growth of data and bandwidth links between data centers – also includes deployment of a submarine capacity backhaul system in Karachi Metro.

According to Nokia, the new network between Pakistan, UAE and Oman will sport a capacity of 9.2 Tbps, helping to support business and end users as the need for improved connectivity across the region intensifies.

Meanwhile, the submarine backhaul system will have a capacity of 28.8 Tbps, and will initially feature a per-lambda data rate of 600 Gbps, with future expansions planned to support 1.2 Tbps per lambda.

To do all that, Nokia will supply TWA with its 1830 Photonic Service Switch platforms, which are powered by Nokia’s super-coherent Photonic Service Engine (PSE-Vs). Nokia said this solution can robustly manage large data volumes and optimize network performance, while contributing to environmental sustainability via its low energy consumption per bit.

Under the deal, Nokia will also deploy its CDC-F (Colorless Directionless Contentionless and Flexgrid) technology, which it says will “enhance end-user experience, establish a secure and resilient network, and provide higher bandwidth for the webscalers in the region.”

TWA president and CEO Saad Muzaffar Waraich said the Pakistan-UAE-Oman network is “carefully crafted to be futureproof and seamlessly handle terabytes of traffic.”

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