Bharti Airtel has selected Ribbon Communications Inc. for its long haul dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) network expansion. The project is based on a disaggregated approach, a critical part of Airtel’s modernisation strategy that enables them to offer cost-optimised 5G mobile backhaul and high-speed enterprise business connectivity throughout Northwestern India. The network covers more than 30,000 kilometres of fibre across North-west India

According to Ribbon, the modern network architecture leverages Ribbon’s Apollo suite of programmable and open optical transport platforms, with support for a combined network capacity across conventional and long-wavelength (C&L) bands of up to 51.2T, positioning Airtel to effectively fulfil both current and future bandwidth needs. The long haul solution will support the transport of 100GE/400GE IP services over 400G optical channels. Finally, Ribbon’s Muse domain orchestration platform also delivers real-time network monitoring and management at the click of a mouse.

Commenting on the development, Sam Bucci, chief operating officer, Ribbon, said, “Airtel continues to push the boundaries in digital service delivery and we are proud to support their mission with our solutions and expertise. This massive new network will have a tremendous impact as it delivers extensive capacity in one of the world’s most populous countries.”