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Telefónica I+D, Nokia Siemens Networks demonstrate increased spectral efficiency, intelligent control for optical networks

Successful lab-trial of Nokia Siemens Networks’ FlexiGrid architecture in Telefónica I+D labs demonstrates significantly increased automation, performance and resilience in optical networks

Telefónica I+D, R&D labs of Telefónica, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, and Nokia Siemens Networks have successfully tested the integration of Nokia Siemens Networks’ innovative FlexiGrid* technology with a standards-based control system for optical networks. This advanced optical architecture is based on Nokia Siemens Networks’ commercially available hiT 7300** platform. It significantly improved network efficiency, optimized capacity and throughput, and service flexibility, laying the foundation for enhanced end-user services.

The trial was conducted as part of Telefónica’s Innovation Program which focuses on network evolution, and its being implemented by the Research and Development team together with the Global Chief Technology Office. Nokia Siemens Networks will demonstrate this advanced architecture at booth # 3900 at the OFC/NFOEC exhibition in Anaheim, California from March 19-21.

“We have successfully tested Nokia Siemens Networks’ FlexiGrid transport architecture in our labs and demonstrated that Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) based FlexiGrid networks are technically feasible. This is a key step to increase the efficiency and performance of our core transport networks,” said Juan Fernandez-Palacios, head of Core Network Evolution at Telefónica I+D Global Chief Technology Office unit.”

Data traffic is increasing globally due to consumer demand for mobile video, cloud computing and other bandwidth-hungry applications and services. At the same time, traffic load is constantly changing because of varying consumer demands, making it even more difficult to predict. For global operators such as Telefónica, cost-efficient content distribution has become a priority.

To address this issue, Nokia Siemens Networks integrated its FlexiGrid technology as well as its 100G technology with an optical transport control system based on GMPLS. The architecture increased spectral efficiency by 50 percent. The implementation enables the automated operation of the network and increases the reliability of service delivery as well as the flexibility of service provisioning. The test also reduced the fragmentation of the optical transport network.

“As capacity demand in backbone networks increases year by year, operators face the constant challenge of managing the growing demand cost-efficiently while maintaining service performance,” said Herbert Merz, head of Optical Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks. “We have a long-standing relationship with Telefónica and are committed to supporting their network evolution by delivering industry-leading optical layer efficiency and flexibility while protecting their investment in the existing infrastructure.”

Activities will be jointly extended by Telefónica I+D and Nokia Siemens Networks within the IDEALIST *** EU program.

On December 3, 2012, Nokia Siemens Networks and Marlin Equity Partners announced that they had reached an agreement for Nokia Siemens Networks to sell its Optical Networks business unit to Marlin Equity Partners. The announcement outlined that the deal would result in the unit being established as an independent company with the goal of becoming a leading provider in the optical market.

About Telefónica

Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation and number of customers. From this outstanding position in the industry, and with its mobile, fixed and broadband businesses as the key drivers of its growth, Telefónica has focused its strategy on becoming a leading company in the digital world.

The company has a significant presence in 24 countries and a customer base that amounts close to 316 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4.551.024.586 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 100 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.8 billion euros in 2012. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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