Finnish multinational telecommunications major Nokia and Saudi Telecom Company (stc) have announced the successful completion of the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region’s first trial of a 1-Terabit high-capacity channel.
According to a joint press release, the trial was activated in Riyadh across a live network using Nokia’s 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect – Modular (PSI-M) solution. When deployed commercially, Nokia’s PSI-M will allow stc to continue to further scale network capacity and support new high-bandwidth services, over a robust reliable network infrastructure.
As part of the trial, Nokia's 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect – Modular (PSI-M) solution was directly installed in stc's data centre rack in Riyadh and used an AC power supply. The solution will allow the Saudi company to continue to further scale network capacity and support new high-bandwidth services, over a robust reliable network infrastructure, the release said.
Nokia’s 1830 PSI-M is a compact, high capacity, modular optical networking platform, optimised for Data Centre Interconnect (DCI) applications over the metro, regional, and long haul, the company claimed.
According to a company statement, it is designed to address the growing demand for DCI applications and the need to transport new high bandwidth services such as 400GbE and 800GbE from the latest generations of routers.
Khalid Hussain, Head of stc Customer Business Team at Nokia, said: "The growing data consumption across consumers and enterprises is pushing the network capacity limits for service providers. This trial effectively demonstrates how service providers, like stc, can benefit from 1830 PSI-M to quickly scale and enhance the network capacity limit by using the existing infrastructure and without making significant investments.