MTN South Africa, Huawei Complete Africa’s First 800G Optical Network Deployment

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MTN South Africa and Huawei have successfully deployed Africa’s first 800G optical network, a significant milestone in advancing green and reliable networks for the digital and sustainable development of the continent.

The 800G links, boasting a single fiber capacity of 48Tbps, have been established to interconnect data centers in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.

This domestic backbone network will cater to MTN’s increasing capacity needs for cloud-based business services, enhanced home broadband, and wireless networks, while also delivering optimal cost per bit and improved energy efficiency.

With this achievement, MTN South Africa solidifies its position as a leader in innovative transport technology, furthering its commitment to delivering best-in-class, energy-efficient, and robust networks in Africa.

Leveraging Huawei’s cutting-edge optical transport solutions, including 400G/800G per channel, Optical Cross-Connect (OXC), and Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON), MTN SA has deployed the OXC solution in backbone nodes to meet long-term capacity and expansion requirements, while significantly improving network energy efficiency by reducing power consumption by 60% compared to conventional ROADM technology.

The ASON solution enhances reliability, flexibility, and robustness for next-generation optical transport, enabling service differentiation and reducing operational costs.

Takalani Ligudu, Senior Specialist in Core Fibre and Transmission at MTN SA, emphasized the company’s clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to customers, expressing pride in having one of the world’s most advanced networks and utilizing industry-leading technologies to deliver superior network services across South Africa.

Victor Zhou, president of the optical transmission domain at Huawei, expressed his honor in collaborating with MTN SA to introduce leading and green optical technologies into South Africa, building an advanced optical network to drive digital development.

This successful deployment marks a significant step forward in advancing the technological infrastructure of South Africa and sets a precedent for the adoption of cutting-edge optical network solutions across the continent.

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