Etisalat and Huawei trial 400G in UAE

Successful trials of OSN9800 U16 & 400G optical transport network technology
Esmaeel Alhammadi, VP Network Development, Etisalat.
Esmaeel Alhammadi, VP Network Development, Etisalat.


Etisalat and Huawei have completed a trail of new OSN9800 U16 & 400G optical transport network technology in the UAE.

The new technology will be used to expand Etisalat’s existing network capacity to meet future bandwidth demands from local customers.

The 400G link was deployed over a 170km length of existing Etisalat fibre network. The latest trial is the first time that the Huawei’s flagship OptiX OSN 9800 U16 solution has been tested worldwide and is the first time in MENA region a commercially available OTN-based 400G line board has been tested.

In addition to opening up more bandwidth for telecom services, the technology enables operators to more efficiently carry both fixed and mobile broadband services to their customers, such as IPTV content and LTE-Advanced mobile connectivity.

“The 400G technology of Huawei demonstrates that our existing network asset is capable of supporting future, next-generation transmission technology,” said Esmaeel Alhammadi, VP Network Development, Etisalat. ”Etisalat constantly assesses new technology to expand our capabilities and to enhance our ability to support traffic growth demand from our customers. We believe this 400G solution ensures positive performance in the coming years.”

“Enabling a better connected world is a vision that both Huawei and Etisalat share for our regional customers. By partnering once again with Etisalat on this latest trial, we have set the stage for developing intelligent management capabilities that can increase access to the modern information society,” added Alan Wang, president of Huawei Etisalat Global Key Account.

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