Airtel Builds the Largest Photonic Control Plane Networks in India

India’s leading telecommunication service provider, Airtel is deploying Ciena’s Coherent optical and intelligent software platforms to build one of the World’s Largest Photonic Control Plane networks in the country.

Ciena solutions will help Airtel to accomplish optical transmission over the network spanning more than 130,000 kilometers connecting 4000 plus towns across India. The ultra-fast delivery data over 4G, 5G and FTTH networks would optimize network infrastructure performance and network owners can tap more from their network investment.

Airtel (Bharti Airtel) is one of the leading telecommunications service providers in India. Airtel’s new backbone network will serve the exploding demand for high speed data services in the country. It will also enable super-fast broadband experiences over 4G/5G/FTTH architectures, making the most efficient use of available fiber resources.

The deployment is part of Airtel’s network transformation program and will also enable a network that can quickly respond to simultaneous faults by re-computing and re-routing traffic based on available network resources.

Airtel’s new backbone architecture creates a solid foundation that can cut across technology generations to seamlessly work with data rates of 400Gbps and higher to create a future proof scalable network.

In addition, the architecture offers lower latency and software-controlled connectivity for Cloud infrastructure, faster transformation to virtualized platforms, and 5G readiness – essential to a world of connected devices and things.

Photonics combined with advanced software intelligence enables a smart and agile network that allows for simplified provisioning of end-to-end network wavelengths, speed and capability to handle multiple fiber failures thereby providing users uninterrupted ultra-high capacity service.

The network will also support bandwidth on demand, optical VPNs, latency based routing and dynamic data center interconnects, which will provide a unique value proposition for Airtel’s retail and enterprise customers.

Airtel owns a significant quantity of network infrastructure in India and has established itself as a reputed telecom company setting global standards throughout its operations by adopting innovative technologies to enrich the lives of its subscribers.

The combination of Ciena’s coherent optical, advanced software and control plane capabilities gives Airtel a scalable and robust infrastructure that can dynamically adapt to keep up with ever-changing user demands. The architecture is inspired from the technology that helped data centers deliver scalability to match the ever-growing demand by users.

Ciena’s solutions make use of the Leaf-Spine network topology, which is popular in modern data centers and is now extended to fiber optic backbone networks. Leaf-Spine topology enables lowest electrical touch points leveraging optical bypass capabilities for carrying large dataflows at the lowest cost per bit.

– Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform powered by WaveLogic Ai coherent optics provides a highly scalable, programmable infrastructure.

– Software control of Airtel network operations is automated with Ciena’s Blue Planet® Manage, Control and Plan domain controller, which expedites alarm and fault management, service provisioning, node backup andrestoration.

– Ciena’s Liquid Spectrum analytics capability, the network can monitor, predict and address connectivity and capacity challenges as they occur.

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Author: Praveen Gupta

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