Neotel implementing Integrated Packet Optical Solutions in South African network

South African operator Neotel has deployed solutions from ADVA and Juniper to create a flexible, dynamic and integrated packet optical network architecture.

Using the ADVA FSP 3000 and Juniper PTX3000, the operator’s multi-layer network will respond to enormous bandwidth growth in fixed and mobile data consumption and increasing migration to cloud services.

Neotel’s network will be the first in Africa to feature a unified multi-layer, multi-vendor approach, enabling the operator to rapidly roll out new services, increase availability and simplify network operations. The packet-optical solution also marks a major step forward in lowering power consumption and decreasing Neotel's physical footprint. The network was implemented by South African integrator XON Systems, an Elite partner of both ADVA Optical Networking and Juniper Networks.

Dr. Marten Scheffer, general manager, network engineering, Neotel, said: "The integration of the packet and optical layer streamlines operations and reduces the steps needed to configure new applications so time to market is massively reduced. Where it could take hours to activate new services, we can now do it in seconds."

As well as creating the flexibility to easily and simply install new services, one of the key benefits of the ADVA FSP 3000 and Juniper PTX3000 is the improvement they bring to overall network availability. This is achieved through multi-layer resiliency and the leveraging of additional optical restoration capabilities. The new system also decreases operational time and effort thanks to its integrated network management solution.

"With its unified packet and optical architecture, this network will make a huge difference to many South African homes and businesses," commented Günter Landers, sales director Africa, ADVA Optical Networking. "The ROADM technology not only adds flexibility but also scalability in the optical layer.”

Adrian Pickering, vice president Middle East and Africa, Juniper Networks, said: “Neotel’s routers and optical systems can be integrated into an SDN controller, with routing decisions based on both packet and optical layer info. This enables efficient, application-driven network configuration and supports innovative applications like bandwidth-on-demand.”

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