Huawei may be persona non grata in US markets these days, but elsewhere in the world they continue to make inroads. Yesterday they helped bring into existence what they’re billing as the industry’s first 400G IP core network and it’s not in the traffic-laden US or European markets, but deep in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia’s Mobily has revamped its network with the deployment of Huawei’s core routers with 400G line cards supporting 100GE, 40GE, and 10GE ports. The network upgrade is aimed at supporting the traffic growth anticipated from UMTS/LTE, video, teleconferencing, M2M, and cloud computing. They’ve also got a fiber expansion into 500K residential units on tap for the end of this year.
That being said, Mobily must really be thinking ahead to need a 400G IP core in Saudi Arabia or anywhere else in the region. Mobily pegs wireless broadband traffic at 750 Terabytes per day in the region, which sounds really large but is less than 70Gbps sustained on its own and that would be geographically spread out at least a little. According to their website, Mobily’s Saudi Arabian network assets cover some 12,800km of intercity fiber with about 5,000km of metro fiber in 30 markets.
But there’s been lots of investment in recent years in the Persian Gulf’s infrastructure, including several new cables and terrestrial routes, all aimed at some serious bandwidth growth. And indeed, Mobily itself was an early adopter of 100G, putting Ciena’s gear to work two and a half years ago.
Now if they could just get the other half of the countries in the Middle East to stop with the violence and poison gas and all that…