Bangkok-based dtac, part of the Telenor Group, has selected Finnish vendor Nokia to bolster its backbone network, becoming the first mobile operator in Thailand to implement a software-defined network (SDN)-ready IP/Optical network. The new platform will eventually deliver ‘ultra-broadband’ access to more than 40% of the population. Nokia products, including the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) and the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), will replace dtac’s existing IP core routing and Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) infrastructure to provide the capacity and capabilities required to efficiently address growth in demand, and lay the foundation for an SDN infrastructure.
Prathet Tankuranun, chief technology officer at dtac, commented: ‘Over the last two years we have seen demand for mobile broadband grow exponentially. As we prepare for future advanced technologies we’ve made a strategic choice for an SDN-ready IP/Optical network because it gives us the control and agility needed to run an efficient network that can rapidly adjust to evolving demand patterns.’