Chuan Wei and Alcatel-Lucent bring 100G fibre network to Cambodia

Cambodia’s first 100 gigabit-per-second fibre-optic data network is being deployed by operator Chuan Wei, using technology from Alcatel-Lucent.

Cambodia’s economy is growing at more than 7% annually, and the country is becoming a key business hub for south-east Asia. It is investing further in communications infrastructure to meet increasing demand for ultra-broadband access. 

In addition, business growth and strong trading agreements with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, coupled with a growing tourism industry, is creating significant need for increased network capacity.  

Alcatel-Lucent’s provision of a 100G network to Chuan Wei will provide much-needed capacity now while paving the way for 400G capacity in the future. At the same time, this nationwide DWDM network will connect to submarine cable landing station.

The 100G DWDM/OTN network uses Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform, a family designed to the latest international SD-FEC zero-touch photonics and coherent technology.

Eric Lee, Executive Director of Chuan Wei, said:  “We recognised the need to upgrade our network to meet customer expectations for ultra-broadband connectivity and high reliability especially as it pertains to international reach through Chuan Wei’s submarine cables.   We were looking for a network with significant increase in capacity, even more reliability, and a high degree of scalability to prepare our network for 400G and beyond.” 


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