Nokia has announced that Vodafone Idea Limited (Vi) will use its dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) solution in the access layer to upgrade its network to 5G for meeting future service capacity and reliability needs. The new compact and scalable DWDM solution will allow Vi to optimise fibre resources while ensuring 100G capacity with future upgrade capability of the network to 200G and beyond, in the access network.

Nokia’s 1830 photonic service switch (PSS) will enable Vi to cost-effectively and sustainably enhance sss-network capacity by minimising operational expenditure with reduced power consumption and carbon footprint. Nokia solution will support Vi to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and improve return on investment (RoI) while ensuring improved network capacity to meet the future demands.

Commenting on the development, Jagbir Singh, chief technology officer, Vi, said, “We are building the best-in-class digital networks to address the evolving market demands. As we prepare for 5G, we are focussed at forging partnerships with ecosystem players to bring superior quality network and services for consumers and enterprises. Collaborating with Nokia allows us to use the latest technology solutions to modernize our networks and provide the best possible quality to our subscribers.”

Meanwhile, Prashant Ramesh Malkani, head of Vi CBT at Nokia, said, “Our field-proven 1830 PSS solution will allow Vi, to address the growing capacity demand and provide best-in-class network experience to their subscribers while preparing the networks for the 5G era. We are excited to partner with Vi in this crucial deployment of access DWDM and supporting them in their 5G vision to provide exceptional experience to their subscribers.”