Ooredoo Algeria has, in partnership with Nokia, successfully achieved a transmission speed of 1.2 terabits per second over optical fiber in Africa’s first field trial of innovative optical communications technology.
The trial was conducted between the cities of Algiers and Ain Defla over a distance exceeding 200 kilometers. Commercial deployment of the technology in the near future will allow Ooredoo Algeria to offer high capacity-based solutions to its subscribers. This will be one of the first commercial deployments of this innovative Nokia technology, which allows service providers to maximize the performance and flexibility of optical fiber.
Nokia’s1830 PSS Portfolio, which helps in optimizing optical networks to meet unpredictable traffic demands, was used for the trial. The optical transport network equipment specifically allows service providers like Ooredoo Algeria to offer more advanced services to their subscribers. The trial also utilized 1830 PSS 500G Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) Muxponder, which carries up to five 100G services per line card and helps service providers achieve superior capacity, reach and wavelength flexibility.
On this occasion Mr Hendrik Kasteel, Ooredoo Algeria’s CEO said: “Ooredoo continues to be a major player in the mobile industry representing the cutting edge of innovation, conducting a winning partnership with Nokia in order to achieve groundbreaking transmission in Algeria and in Africa. It is critical for Ooredoo to increase the capacity, reach and flexibility of optical transmissions to offer high-capacity solutions and a superior customer experience. Nokia is our long-term partner and we are confident that their proven optical network technology will help us maintain our leadership position in offering the latest and best-in-class technology solutions to our customers.”
Pierre Chaume, head of North Africa Market Unit at Nokia said: “We are pleased to take our relationship with Ooredoo Algeria to the next phase. This trial is an important and critical step in helping Ooredoo Algeria increase capacity and add flexibility to its network.The deployment will also support the 4G deployment plans of the service provider.”
Thanks to this new performance, Ooredoo Algeria is updating its digital know-how by better understanding the needs of the telecommunication sector. Ooredoo’s core network is thus reinforced and able to integrate new technologies for better performance and optimum care of the increasing demand for mobile communications services.
Ooredoo Algeria is the Algerian subsidiary of the Ooredoo Telecommunications Group. The telco operates with 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technology licenses. In 2015, Ooredoo Algeria recorded a turnover of US $1.10 billion and had more than 13.4 million subscribers. Ooredoo Algeria offers 3G services across 48 departments covering more than 90% of the population and has the largest number of subscribers of 3G services with more than 6 million users. Since October 2016, Ooredoo has offered 4G services in three departments Tlemcen, Bechar and Tizi Ouzou.