STC awards Huawei advanced network support contract

STC_HuaweiThe PID technology helps to construct advanced metro WDM networks. (Image source: hadth.org)Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has selected Huawei's PID (Photonic Integrated Device) technology to support its wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) networks

STC has rapidly expanded its IPTV and mobile broadband services in Saudi Arabia and has been looking to use PID technology to construct 'ultra-bandwidth' metro networks to help support the growth in services.

"The PID technology helps us construct advanced metro WDM networks, provide multi-granularity services quickly and easily, and serve our customers more agilely," said STC transport network director Khaled Al-Dharrab.

STC has become the first operator in the region to utilise Huawei's solution to save both space and power in its network operations. The PID technology's design and structure makes it easier to deploy and maintain next-generation metro WDM networks.

According to Huawei, the technology simplifies the WDM architecture by integrating multiple photonic components of the WDM system such as lasers, modulators, detectors, multiplexers and demultiplexers into a single 5cm PID chip.

Compared to a traditional WDM network, the company claimed that a PID-enabled WDM network can save up to 50 per cent of space and power and 90 per cent of the fibre connection.

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