Mobily trials 100 Gigabit network in Jeddah

Mobily keen to tap demand for high-bandwidth applications such as video-conferencing

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Mobily trials 100 Gigabit network in Jeddah Mobily has conducted trials of a 100 gigabit network in Saudi.
By  Roger Field Published  July 12, 2011

Saudi Arabian mobile operator Mobily has trialled a ‘superfast' 100-Gigabit broadband service in Jeddah as it seeks to capitalise on demand for high-bandwidth data applications.

Mobily, which is backed by UAE telco Etisalat, conducted the trials with telecoms vendor Alcatel-Lucent.

The 100 Gigabit network is expected to help Mobily reduce operating costs by lowering network complexity and power consumption. It will also help the telco to tap growing demand for high-bandwidth services.

Alcatel-Lucent's 100 Gigabit solution used for the trial is part of the vendor's Converged Backbone Transformation (CBT) product, which integrates IP and optical transport technologies, and is based on its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).

Abdul Aziz Al Tamami, COO of Mobily said: "The introduction of 100G will allow us to meet the ongoing business and entertainment broadband needs of both current and new customers as we continue to grow our subscriber base in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Mobily, which is 27% owned by UAE telco Etisalat, is Saudi Arabia's second biggest mobile operator, with about 40% of the country's mobile subscriptions.

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