The second largest telecom operator in Thailand dtac has opted for Nokia’s 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) and the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) to strengthen its network, says Nokia in a release. By deploying Nokia’s IP/Optical portfolio, dtac becomes the first mobile operator in Thailand to implement a software-defined network (SDN)-ready IP/Optical network.
Nokia’s 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) and the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) will replace dtac’s existing IP core routing and Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) infrastructure. This will help the operator to address the growth in data demand of the country. According to Nokia, this network will deliver ultra-broadband mobile access to more than 40% of Thailand’s population.
Besides the optical portfolio, dtac has also chosen Nokia’s security gateway. dtac is deploying Nokia’s Wavelength Routing Engine GMPLS (Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching) Control Plane at the optical layer to provide automated network operation.
Commenting on the new development, Prathet Tankuranun, Chief Technology Officer, Total Access Communication PLC (dtac), said, “Over the last two years we’ve seen demand for mobile broadband grow exponentially. As we prepare for future advanced technologies we’ve made a strategic choice for an SDN-ready IP/Optical network because it gives us the control and agility needed to run an efficient network that can rapidly adjust to evolving demand patterns. This deployment with Nokia is an important next step in our migration towards full SDN automation.”
Sebastien Laurent, head of Nokia Thailand, said, “Deploying Nokia’s end-to-end IP/DWDM Core solution provides the foundation for an SDN-centric network and will allow dtac to implement on-demand services while also easing operation and maintenance demands. Deploying this technology will make dtac the first carrier in Thailand positioned to implement carrier SDN in preparation for the cloud era.”