du trials Nokia SDAN to build smarter networks

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SDAN trial to facilitate the UAE’s futuristic vision, which requires intelligent, programmable networks

UAE-based telecommunications service provider, du, announced that it is the first provider in the Middle East to trial software defined access network (SDAN) technology on next generation passive optical network (NG-PON) and establish an intelligent network capable of supporting future needs.

Using Nokia’s SDAN solution, du can accelerate innovation through a more open, automated network environment that makes it easier and faster to create and deploy new intelligent services, claimed du.

Helping to facilitate the UAE’s future ambitions, the trial demonstrates how du can use SDAN to build intelligent networks that can adapt to the changing needs of the consumers. Using Nokia’s software defined networking (SDN) technology to flexibly programme and automate its next generation PON network, du will be able to increase network performance for highly demanding businesses and 5G use cases, accelerate time-to-revenue and enhance the network usage experience by its fixed and mobile customers.

The successful trial also demonstrates how du can effectively use Nokia’s SDAN solution to: showcase new capabilities such as transport network for future 5G mobile access networks, network slicing and wavelength mobility; automate network workflows with self-healing and optimising capabilities that reduce the time and complexity needed to address network issues and meet the mission critical needs of a futuristic network; and leverage open cloud-based platforms that accelerate the delivery of new capabilities and flexible service offerings to end users.

Marwan BinShakar, VP access and transport planning, du, said: “We’re excited to successfully trial SDAN technology that marks a logical progression for us as we move to a deeper virtualized network environment, allowing for faster response to proliferation of connected devices and varying network usage patterns. SDAN provides the network intelligence, automation and control we need to support emerging new uses cases like 5G.”

Federico Guillén, president of Nokia’s fixed networks business group, said: “Dubai has a long history of pioneering technology transformation. This will require having smart networks that can connect everyone to everything, accelerate innovation and instantly deliver new services that meet evolving needs. SDAN enables this and provides an open, automated and intelligent network environment that makes futuristic cities possible.”

Nokia is actively partnering and contributing to specifications defined by organizations such as Broadband Forum and On.LAB to ensure that companies like du can benefit from open, multi-vendor SDN environments.

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