Nokia (News - Alert) announced this week that it is teaming up with WorldLink to build Nepal’s first 100G optical network for super-fast broadband services. These services will be beneficial to consumers and businesses alike, and should serve to improve operations in Nepal immensely.
More specifically, according to the announcement, the two companies are upgrading the 650-km-long backbone network with Nokia's 1830 PSS (Photonic Service Switch) DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology to support bandwidth-hungry entertainment and enterprise services across the country. The intercity network stretches from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa and Birgunj, and provides international connectivity between Nepal and other countries, including India.
For WorldLink, transforming communications in Nepal is at the top of its priority list. The company is already the largest fixed broadband operator in the Himalayan country, and has 120,000 residential broadband subscribers and 5,000 enterprise broadband circuits. It also connects 10,000 residential Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service subscribers every month, which requires WorldLink to meet ever-increasing demand for network capacity.
Samit Jana, CTO, WorldLink, reflected on the company’s mission and decision to team up with Nokia by saying, “WorldLink has a commitment to Nepal to transform the communications landscape so that our people and enterprises thrive. This is our largest project to date and it will allow us to provide ultra-fast broadband services for our mobile and fixed network subscribers in cities as well as rural areas across the country.”
By choosing to work with Nokia’s optical network technology, WorldLink will be able to flexibly increase its network capacity, reach and density. This is due to the fact that Nokia’s technology is powered by Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine-2 with super coherent technology (PSE-2s).
Sanjay Malik, head of India Market at Nokia, said, “We are proud to be part of WorldLink's vision to transform Nepal's communications architecture by providing the first 100G transport network. Nokia's highly scalable optical platform will ensure low latency and high resiliency, and allow WorldLink to cost-effectively increase network capacity as needed.”
Edited by Maurice Nagle