Du launches backhaul optical network
The $65m project extends from Abu Dhabi to Du's cable landing station in Fujairah.
The UAE's second telco, Du, has launched the first phase of its Optical Transport Network (OTN) project in the country. Optical Transport Network is a backhauling optical technology and augments Du's recently launched fibre backbone network.
The $65 million project is established on a national scale extending from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and the Northern Emirates to reach Du's submarine cable landing station in Fujairah. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2012 and is to include the other emirates of Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain.
Hatem Bamatraf, senior vice president of network development at Du, said: "Optical Transport Network along with our own backbone infrastructure using the latest in fibre optic cables will enhance the capacity of the backbone and to the end-users, and also provide enhanced network coverage to 2G and 3G mobile users. It will act as a core network to connect the UAE to other nearby countries through global submarine cables." He also said that the new network will serve as a stepping stone towards the operator's preparations to launch fixed-line services nationwide.
The new project is to enhance Du's network performance by providing speeds of over 3.2TB per second, which can be upgraded to 8TB per second.
Built on Du's infrastructure backbone, the first phase of the OTN project in Abu Dhabi and southern emirates connects Abu Dhabi, Al Silla, Al Ain with Dubai, while the second phase is to cover the northern emirates area connecting Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Fujairah and the east coast.
The project also provides an international connection between Du and Saudi Arabian telco STC and Omantel, providing terrestrial fibre infrastructure connectivity to international gateways.
The connection of the infrastructure backbone with Du's international cable landing station in Fujairah adds an additional bandwidth gateway towards Asia, Africa and Europe continents through the Europe India Gateway (EIG) project.