Sunday, July 24, 2011

UAE's du Completes First Phase of OTN Backbone Transformation

UAE-based du announced the completion of the first phase of its Optical Transport Network (OTN) expansion, becoming among the first few telecom service providers in the Middle East to establish OTN on a national scale across the country; converging all its services.

The OTN upgraded project is set to extend all the way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and the northern emirates, ultimately reaching du's submarine cable landing station in Fujairah. du has invested over $65 million in this project, which has already reached an advanced stage and will be completed by mid-2012 to include Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Qwain.

The project includes installation of the latest Ultra Low Loss fiber cabkeall over UAE.

Phase 1 in Abu Dhabi and southern emirates connects Abu Dhabi, Al Silla, Al Ain with Dubai (completed), while Phase 2 will cover northern emirates area connecting Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Fujairah and the east coast, The second phase is already being executed and is expected to be completed by mid-2012
The project has also added a new dimension by providing an international connection between du and Saudi Telecom Company - STC (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Omantel (Al Buraimi - Oman) providing terrestrial fibre infrastructure connectivity to international gateways. The Infrastructure Backbone also connects with du's international Cable Landing Station facility in Fujairah which adds an additional high bandwidth gateway towards Asia, Africa and Europe continents through the Europe India Gateway (EIG) project).

"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. Moreover, it will act as a core network to connect the UAE to other nearby countries through global and submarine cables. So, our network will add to the UAE connectivity capacity regionally. This in turn acts as a stepping stone towards our preparations to launch our fixed line service nationwide. We will continue our efforts to develop our network to further advance our customer experience," stated Hatem Bamatraf, Senior Vice President , Network Development, du.