The Chinese solutions provider Huawei announced the distribution of Africa's first 100G WDM network for the telecommunications company Unitel, meaning the start of commercial applications of these systems in the continent.
Wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) is a technology which combines a number of optical carrier signals onto a single optical fibre by using different wavelengths of laser light. This network will offer Unitel a future-ready intelligent and infinite Bandwidth Cloud.
Despite the mobile operator has the largest and most advanced mobile broadband network in Angola, it still faces challenges to remain competitive, such as greater bandwidth requirements and accidental damage to fibre optic cables -which frequently occurs due to fast-paced construction in urban areas-.
Huawei's 100G ASON offers solutions to these challenges. Through the combination of multiple technologies, the system can achieve a future-proof capacity of up to 8 Tbit/s per fibre over an ultra-long reach, can support fibre cuts and also enables operable and management bandwidths by offering a great variety of service classes.
Besides, it enhances network efficiency and flexibility, by virtue of its support for multi-service access, multiplexing, and cross-connections.
“Huawei is about to use the cutting-edge 100G technology to link the African continent together, and to enrich people's lives in Africa by offering faster and more efficient communications”, explained Jack Wang, president of Huawei's transport product line.
The company, which 100G networks are serving more than 40 carriers in over 30 countries and regions around the world, hopes to make its own contribution to the take-off of the African economy.