Alcatel-Lucent and Chuan Wei to set up 100G network in Cambodia

  • Cambodia’s economy growing at more than 7% annually
  • Network transformation to increase bandwidth and address growing data needs
Alcatel-Lucent and Chuan Wei to set up 100G network in Cambodia

ALCATEL-Lucent and telco operator Chuan Wei are set to deploy Cambodia’s first 100 gigabit-per-second fibre-optic data network as the country invests further in its communications infrastructure to meet increasing demand for ultra-broadband access.
With Cambodia’s economy growing at more than 7% annually, the country is becoming a key business hub for South-East Asia, Alcatel-Lucent said in a statement.
In addition, business growth and strong trading agreements with Asean (Association of South-East Asian Nations) countries, coupled with a growing tourism industry, is creating significant need for increased network capacity, it added.
Alcatel-Lucent said its provision of a 100G network to Chuan Wei will provide much-needed capacity now, while paving the way for 400G capacity in the future.
At the same time, this nationwide DWDM network will connect to a submarine cable landing station. [DWDM or Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology increases bandwidth over existing fibre optic backbones].
“We recognised the need to upgrade our network to meet customer expectations for ultra-broadband connectivity and high reliability, especially as it pertains to international reach through Chuan Wei’s submarine cables,” said Chuan Wei executive director Eric Lee.
“We were looking for a network with significant increase in capacity, even more reliability, and a high degree of scalability to prepare our network for 400G and beyond,” he added.
Alcatel-Lucent is building a 100G DWDM/ OTN network for Chuan Wei using its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform.
It said its Agile Optical Networking combines Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM), Optical Transport Network (OTN), and Generalised Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS)/Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON) control plane intelligence to assure scalable, versatile, reliable and efficient transport at 100G and beyond.
“We knew that Chuan Wei’s top priority was to provide reliability to their customers, but it also wanted to offer ultra-broadband,” said Jean-Christophe Gaucher, Cambodia senior officer for Alcatel-Lucent.
“We were able to show that we can give it a cost-effective solution that accomplishes all of its goals in a way that no one else could,” he added.
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