Following on the heels of a rocky 2020, which included a new CEO, Nokia has landed an optical deal with Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom plans to deploy Nokia’s optical transport portfolio to deliver a higher-capacity, automated network that meets residential and Industry 4.0 requirements, the companies announced on Monday.  Deutsche Telekom’s revamped network will be easier to scale, enabling faster services delivery times.

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For its network transformation, Deutsche Telekom will tap into Nokia WaveFabric and Nokia WaveSuite software portfolio, which includes the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) powered by the PSE-V family of coherent DSPs (digital signal processors).

Last year, Nokia announced its WaveFabric Elements portfolio, which is comprised of photonic chips, devices and subsystems, including the latest version of its Photonic Search Engine (PSE.) The additions also included silicon photonic optical engines assets from Nokia’s deal to buy Elenion Technologies in early 2020.

“We are transforming our optical network to give our customers a highly differentiated service quality of experience, and to be more responsive to their new services needs while also reducing our network TCO,” said Dr. Erik Weiß, VP Optical Transport Core, Deutsche Telekom Technik, in a statement. “The Nokia optical transport solution enables us to realize these goals by creating a more scalable and automated services-centric platform that will support us well into the future.”

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By working with Nokia, Deutsche Telekom is transforming its optical core network and strategic regional distribution sites, which it said would lead to improved performance and a consistent customer experience across Germany.

“We are excited to support Deutsche Telekom and will be providing a customer-focused solution that will transform its optical transport network into a services-centric platform for the Industry 4.0 era,” said Rafael De Fermin Del Castillo, SVP Europe & MEA, IP/Optical Networks at Nokia, in a statement. “This project leverages our Nokia Bell Labs optical network innovation, experience and expertise, including our Germany based innovation centers which have made significant contributions to our optical networking innovation.”


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