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Nokia, Vodafone Turkey trial first intercontinental Terabit IP link


Symbolically, the test linked Asia and Europe (picture shows bridge across the Bosphorus) and is part of Vodafone Turkey's network modernisation drive.

Vodafone Turkey and Nokia  announced a successful trial of "the first intercontinental 1Terabit, clear-channel IP interface. It used Nokia’s 7950 XRS routers with terabit interfaces based on Nokia’s FP4 chipset.

It was to demonstrate that the two companies could scale up the capacity of Vodafone Turkey’s IP network in support of next generation applications and access technologies.

Two ports

Nokia’s FP4 terabit linecard has two 1T ports and demonstrated its readiness for deployment by carrying test traffic on Vodafone Turkey’s network, the press statement said.

It also stated that besides a ten-fold boost in capacity, terabit IP links simplify operational complexity and cost overhead as there is no need to distribute terabit flows on high capacity routes over multiple lower rate interfaces in link aggregation groups.

Nokia’s 7250 IXR interconnect router and FP4-based 7750 Service Router portfolios have already been deployed for the delivery of high capacity, low latency 5G services to Vodafone Turkey’s customers.

Nokia’s platforms support software-defined network (SDN) control automation and optimisation of applications and use cases.

The need for speed

Thibaud Rerolle, CTO, at Vodafone Turkey, said, “As we ramp up our delivery of new services, we are committed to providing the best possible quality of experience to our customers. We continue to rely on Nokia to evolve our IP network with industry-leading router innovation and technology to address our needs today and for next generation services."
Vach Kompella, Head of IP Networks Division, Nokia, said, “The 1T trial builds upon Nokia’s advanced routing technology and platforms to future-proof Vodafone Turkey’s IP network, which serves one of the world’s largest intercontinental markets.

"Together we have successfully validated Nokia’s FP4 based 1T clear channel interface across Asia and Europe.”