PTCL Group Upgrades Network with Nokia for 15T Capacity

Tech and Telecom

PTCL Group, a prominent telecommunications service provider in Pakistan, has unveiled a groundbreaking collaboration with Nokia. Their partnership aims to revolutionize PTCL’s nationwide optical ultra long-haul network, elevating its capacity to an astonishing 15 Terabits per second (15T), thereby setting a remarkable new standard for network scalability and performance in Pakistan.

Strengthening a Strategic Collaboration

During the GITEX Technology Week 2023 in Dubai, Jafar Khalid, Group Chief Technology & Information Officer of PTCL & Ufone 4G, and Roque Lozano, Senior Vice President of Network Infrastructure at Nokia MEA, marked this momentous collaboration with a grand handshake ceremony. This event also marked the further strengthening of their long-term strategic partnership, with a focus on exploring future technologies and use-cases to ensure a sustainable digital future for the people of Pakistan.

Evolution of PTCL Group’s Network

Over the past years, PTCL Group has integrated Nokia’s advanced CD-F (Colorless, Directionless, Flex-grid) technology into its network to efficiently manage nationwide transport traffic. It successfully demonstrated a capacity of 1 Tera per lambda in its Metro network. However, with the emergence of bandwidth-hungry applications, PTCL Group is gearing up for Pakistan’s first ‘commercial deployment’ of 400G per lambda on its ultra long-haul network. This will made possible by Nokia’s latest CDC-F (Colorless, Directionless, Contention less, Flex-grid) technology and new chipsets, providing the ability to transmit any optical signal component in any color, direction, and at any time. This technology guarantees the highest capacity and lowest latency.


Enhancing Network Scalability and Resilience

The adoption of CDC-F technology has set to significantly scale up PTCL Group’s transport network capacity, meeting the evolving demands of corporate, consumer, and carrier customers. It will also create secure and resilient networks that can withstand multiple and simultaneous network failures, ensuring premium connectivity even in the face of natural disasters. Furthermore, it presents a scalable architecture that aligns with PTCL’s high bandwidth forecasts.

Toward a Sustainable Digital Future

Jafar Khalid, Group Chief Technology & Information Officer at PTCL & Ufone 4G, emphasized the importance of high-capacity solutions and agile networks in the era of exponential data consumption. He also highlighted the role of reducing carbon emissions in building a sustainable digital future. PTCL Group’s collaboration with Nokia, leveraging the 5th Generation Super-Coherent Photonic Service Engine (PSE-Vs) and CDC-F ROADM Technology, will enable the delivery of 400G per lambda on its long-haul network. This transformation has expected to lead to substantial energy savings, reducing power consumption by 5,000 watts per 400G, and contributing to a greener and more sustainable network infrastructure. PTCL Group is also gearing up to offer innovative solutions like Network as a Service (NaaS) and bandwidth on demand to its consumers.

Building a Resilient and Sustainable Digital Future

Roque Lozano, Senior Vice President of Network Infrastructure at Nokia MEA, underlined how the collaboration between Nokia and PTCL Group is addressing the global challenge of managing exponential data growth while embracing eco-friendly practices. This collaboration reflects their commitment to providing advanced solutions that enhance connectivity and play a pivotal role in building an ultra-resilient, sustainable digital future for all.

Meeting the Challenge of Exponential Data Growth

The exponential increase in data generation, driven by the proliferation of smartphones, the Internet of Things (IoT), social media platforms, and rapid industrial digitalization, has created an urgent need for transporting ever-increasing volumes of data. PTCL Group and Nokia’s collaboration has well-positioned to address this challenge and lead the way toward a more connected and sustainable future.

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