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Press Release -- November 9th, 2012
Source: Huawei

Huawei and Unitel to Deploy the First 100G WDM Network in Africa

Shenzhen, China, November 9, 2012]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, recently announced that it will deploy Africa’s first 100G WDM network for Unitel. This network marks the start of commercial applications of 100G networks on the African continent. Using state-of-the-art optical transport technology, including coherent transmission and ASON technologies, this network will offer Unitel a future-ready intelligent and infinite Bandwidth Cloud.

Unitel is a leading mobile operator and has the largest and most advanced mobile broadband network in Angola, but faces challenges to remain competitive. These challenges include greater bandwidth requirements as new services, such as HSPA+, LTE, and FTTX, continue to grow, and accidental damage to fiber optic cables, which frequently occurs due to fast-paced construction in urban areas.

Huawei’s 100G ASON solution offers an answer to these challenges through the combination of multiple technologies. First, the mature coherent detection technology achieves a future-proof capacity of up to 8 Tbit/s per fiber over an ultra-long reach. Second, Huawei’s cutting-edge ASON technology supports resilient protection against multiple fiber cuts and thus significantly enhances network reliability. This ASON technology also enables operable and management bandwidths by offering a great variety of service classes. Third, Huawei-developed 100G OTN technology drastically enhances network efficiency and flexibility, by virtue of its support for multi-service access, multiplexing, and cross-connections.

Jack Wang, president of Huawei’s transport product line, said, “Huawei has served the communications sector on the African continent for a long time. Huawei is about to use the cutting-edge 100G technology to link the African continent together, and to enrich people’s lives in Africa by offering faster and more efficient communications. Huawei hopes that it can make its own contribution to the take-off of the African economy.”

Huawei’s 100G networks are serving more than 40 carriers in over 30 countries and regions across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Huawei’s 100G networks span over 50,000 kilometers, longer than the circumference of the Earth.

Huawei is committed to supplying customers worldwide with the most advanced transport network solutions. According to consultancy firm Ovum, Huawei ranks first in the global optical network, WDM/OTN, and 40G/100G markets, as of Q2 2012.

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