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Orange pilots AI on DWDM network


Orange Spain, working with Huawei, has piloted a 400Gbps DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) link – a first for Spain and within Orange.

Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) is a technology that puts together data signals from different sources (multiplexes) so they can share a single optical fibre pair while maintaining complete separation of the data stream.

Orange Spain is also among the first service providers to test artificial intelligence (AI) tools to enhance its optical domain operations and maintenance and provide the foundation for automation in its transport network.

Towards 5G

Orange Spain’s optical fibre to the home (FTTH) network reaches 14 million households, and 10 million customers use the operator’s 4G network for their mobile services.

Manuel Sánchez, Network Planning Director at Orange Spain, commented: "This joint test is very important for Orange. We have been seeking for technological innovation to efficiently and reliably expand our network-bearing capabilities, thereby providing the best service for customers. Based on the new 400G/wavelength and AI-based O&M technologies, Orange has confidence in providing high-quality connections to accommodate the yearly increasing traffic growth and to prepare the network for future evolutions such as 5G.”

Richard Jin, President of Huawei Transmission & Access Product Line, said the successful pilot deployment of 400G/wavelength and AI testing marked the “full verification” of Huawei's Optical Networking 2.0 solution.

“In the future, we will keep on supporting Orange Spain in coping with service challenges in the 5G era to achieve its business success,” he said.