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Nokia selected by TIME dotCom to build high resilience cross-peninsular optical network in Malaysia

Nokia selected by TIME dotCom to build high resilience cross-peninsular optical network in Malaysia

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Nokia’s optical network solutions secure TIME’s leading position in delivering high availability optical services in Malaysia.

Nokia has been selected by TIME dotCom for the supply and delivery of a DWDM optical network.

With this nationwide rollout, Nokia will help TIME meet fast growing traffic demands by enhancing connectivity across data centers and cable landing stations in Malaysia with a highly resilient optical network.

The optical network will connect multiple data centers, cable landing stations and telecom exchanges spanning across peninsular Malaysia to Singapore and Thailand.

The deployment will feature Nokia’s 1830 PSS portfolio to provide a level of scalability for supporting a wide range of applications and services. The 1830 PSS platform will further allow TIME to deploy services rapidly, reduce network total cost of ownership and extend network lifecycles.

The deployment will also be supported by Nokia’s fifth generation PSE-V chipset and 400G multi-haul pluggable optics to power coherent transmission at the lowest possible cost per bit, with low power and space requirements.

The optical solutions being deployed to further future-proof TIME’s network will offer customers enhanced service quality and higher speeds while TIME benefits from a simplified network that increases operational and cost efficiency.

The solutions will also offer Nokia next generation iROADM line system capabilities with flexible grid, contentionless, directionless and colorless (CDC-F) optical add-drop and restoration features, which eliminates the need for on-site visits to change wavelength connectivity and simplifies network planning.

Built-in Layer 0 GMPLS capability, combined with CDC-F, enables automated traffic restoration and network re-optimization for maximum network uptime and capacity utilization.

Ang Thing Jiun, Chief Technology Officer of TIME dotCom, said: “We are delighted to partner with Nokia to unlock the full potential of our optical network in Malaysia. With this deployment, we aim to continue delivering high-speed best-in-class experiences to our customers while preparing to address the higher bandwidth demands of the future.”

Datuk Mohd Rauf Nasir, Managing Director of Malaysia at Nokia, said: “Our optical solutions will enable TIME to differentiate their webscale service offerings while adding operational and cost efficiencies to their network. A DWDM optical network will further enable TIME to deliver superior service, capacity and reliability to its customers.”

Ang Thing Jiun, Chief Technology Officer of TIME dotcom

We asked Ang Thing Jiun, Chief Technology Officer of TIME dotcom, further questions to find out more about the project.

How does the deployment ensure TIME can unlock the potential of its network in Malaysia?

The optical network adopts Nokia’s next generation iROADM line system capabilities with flexible grid, contentionless, directionless and colourless (CDC-F) optical add-drop and restoration features.

Coupled with Nokia’s fifth generation PSE-V coherent chipset, TIME will be able to offer lower density and power requirements. This enables flexible and agile roll out of new bandwidth to address unforeseen traffic surge driven by 5G and WEB3.0.

How does the deployment ensure TIME can address the higher bandwidth demands of the future?

The optical network designed by Nokia will help TIME meet fast growing traffic demands by enhancing connectivity across data centers and cable landing stations in Malaysia with a highly resilient optical network. The network capacity can be easily upgraded to cope with growing bandwidth demands in future.

Through the deployment, TIME will continue to deliver high-speed best-in-class experiences to its customers in Malaysia while also preparing to address the country’s higher bandwidth demands of the future.

Can you provide further details about the benefits the project will bring to TIME’s customers?

The optical solutions being deployed to further future-proof TIME’s network will offer customers enhanced service quality and higher speeds. Through the deployment, TIME will be able to dynamically optimize and reroute wavelength connections to recover network capacity, thus extending optical network lifespan and avoiding premature fiber exhaustion. 

This will help reduce and, in some cases, eliminate the cost and scale required to network wavelengths in the electrical domain, leading to significant capital expenditure (CAPEX) and power savings and more efficient and environmentally friendly networks.

The implementation of Nokia’s CDC-F optical network technology will also be able to use more efficient wavelength protection options to conserve network wavelength counts. By efficiently rerouting wavelengths onto newly installed fiber routes, users will be able to rapidly utilize networks more efficiently.

Users will also be able to increase wavelength capacities without changing the network equipment that routes wavelengths, thus extending the life and future proof of the optical networks. This new wavelength agility will enable agile optical networking that can rapidly respond to new Software-Defined Networking (SDN) related service innovation.

Datuk Mohd Rauf Nasir, Managing Director of Malaysia at Nokia

We asked Datuk Mohd Rauf Nasir, Managing Director of Malaysia at Nokia, further questions to find out more about the project.

How will the deployment enable TIME to differentiate its webscale service offerings and what are the benefits of this?

The deployment will enable webscale companies to build distributed data centers and network infrastructure to deliver cloud, 5G, IoT and Industry 4.0 applications and services to their customers, allowing them to respond rapidly to sudden and massive demand for additional capacity, scaling data centers and networks easily and flexibly, with more agility and resiliency, and more security and efficiency.

How will the deployment enable TIME to add operational and cost efficiencies to its network?

The optical networks designed by Nokia will utilise Nokia’s 1830 PPS portfolio of DWDM CDC-F optical network solutions to provide a level of scalability for supporting a wide range of applications and services.

The 1830 PSS platform will further allow TIME to deploy services rapidly, reduce network total cost of ownership and extend network lifecycles. The deployment will also be supported by Nokia’s fifth generation PSE-V chipset and 200-400G multi-haul pluggable optics to power coherent transmission at the lowest possible cost per bit, with low power and space requirements.

The CDC-F iROADM architecture and self-healing GMPLS network will also eliminate the need for on-site visits to route or change wavelength connectivity, simplifying network planning. This whole new set of capabilities reduce network total cost of ownership while maximising optical network capacity.

Why did TIME choose Nokia to deliver high availability optical services in Malaysia?

Nokia is a trusted partner for critical networks and is committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. Over the years, Nokia has established itself as a leader in optical networking, 4G/LTE and 5G, and remains committed to improving and expanding Malaysia’s connectivity and network quality. Being a part of Malaysia’s 5G Task Force, which comprised many players within Malaysia’s telecommunications ecosystem, we have a long-standing relationship with our customers and partners and remain committed to supporting them wherever possible.

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