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Alcatel-Lucent & MTN Nigeria to launch a 100G fiber-optic data network


MTN Nigeria is working with Alcatel-Lucent to launch a superfast, 100 gigabit-per-second fiber-optic network that re-uses existing 10G optical assets for its 58 million subscribers.

Alcatel-Lucent will use it’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform designed to the latest international SD-FEC zero touch photonics and coherent technology.  The firm says it’s Agile Optical Networking combines WDM, OTN, and GMPLS/ASON control plane intelligence to assure scalable, versatile, reliable and efficient transport at 100G and beyond.

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In a statement, Lynda Saint-Nwafor, CTO of MTN Nigeria said:  “MTN realized we needed to upgrade our network to meet customer expectations for ultra-broadband connectivity and high reliability within Nigeria’s very competitive marketplace.  We wanted a state of the art solution that met three main criteria: increased network reliability, a high degree of scalability to prepare the network for 400G and beyond, and preservation of our existing 10G investment.  Alcatel-Lucent’s demonstrations showed that they could meet all of our criteria and we look forward to deploying the network overlay in 2014.”

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