MTN South Africa Partners with Huawei for 800G Optical Network Deployment

MTN South Africa adopts Huawei's optical network, moving towards an eco-friendly and dependable network for sustainable growth.

MTN South Africa, in partnership with Huawei, has recently announced the rollout of Africa’s first large-scale 800G optical network, in an effort to move towards an eco-friendly and dependable network, set to create sustainable growth across the continent.

The deployment of 800G links, boasting a single fiber capacity of 48Tbps, connects data centers across Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. This newly established domestic backbone is poised to cater to MTN’s escalating demand for its cloud-based business services, superior home broadband, and expansive wireless networks.

With this, MTN SA now leads the adoption of this transport technology, showcasing its commitment to providing top-tier, energy-conscious, and resilient networks in Africa.

Leveraging Huawei‘s optical transport solutions, including 400G/800G per channel, Optical Cross-Connect (OXC), and Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON), MTN SA has significantly enhanced its network capabilities.

The OXC solution, integrated into the nodes, not only meets the future demands for capacity and network expansion but also marks a new reduction in energy consumption—cutting down power usage by 60% in comparison to traditional ROADM technology. Meanwhile, the ASON solution offers reliability, flexibility, and robustness essential for the next wave of optical transport, alongside facilitating service diversification and minimizing operational and maintenance expenses.

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