Nokia and Earthlink to build high-speed IP metro network in Iraq

Nokia and Earthlink to build high-speed IP metro network in Iraq

Iraqi internet service provider Earthlink Telecommunication is using Nokia’s solutions to build a high-capacity IP metro transport network in 15 provinces in the country as part of the Iraqi National Backbone project.

As part of the initiative, Nokia will set up 60 new nodes - one in each exchange. Once deployed by the end of this year, Earthlink will be able to cost-effectively provide high-speed broadband to 3.5 million people and help the country leapfrog in the growing digital economy. The deployment will allow the delivery of new services, including Fibre-to-the-X (FTTx), Internet of Things (IoT) and IPTV.

The new 100G network capacity can easily be upgraded to 400G as and when required. Nokia's solution, including the FP4-based Nokia 7750 Service Router-s (SR-s) and 7250 Interconnect Router (IXR), is designed for 99.9% availability and provides the performance and QoS required for advanced IP services. Earthlink will be able to automate the network with the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) leading to simplified management, reduced costs, and improved network responsiveness and resiliency.

On the completion of the project, Earthlink will be able to reduce its response time and ensure rapid delivery of increased traffic capacity and coverage along with the best-in-class quality of services.

Dr Alaa Mousa, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Earthlink, said: "We are excited to be working with Nokia for the crucial project of setting up future-ready agile and resilient IP Metro network for the National Backbone that will empower Iraqis to benefit from high-speed broadband for overall economic and social growth. We are committed to working with the Government to provide a robust and resilient network that will play a critical role in Iraq's growth as a technology leader."

Mohamed Faisal, Head of the Iraq Customer Business Team at Nokia, said: "As the digital ecosystem becomes all-pervasive, new applications stemming from 5G, IoT and Industry 4.0 place new demands on the networks. The new-age networks are required to handle hundreds of new applications and services for millions of users. Our field-proven 7750 SR and 7250 IXR routers are designed to deliver massive scale while ensuring extreme availability and superior quality.”

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