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Nokia 100G optical portfolio supports massive growth for Jio's pan-India 4G network

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  • Nokia optical deployment covers over 90,000 km across India in one of the biggest and fastest-growing 100G deployments in the world
  • Solution allows Jio to dramatically boost capacity and speed of its network and ensures more reliable service for its customers
  • Pan-India network supports government's Digital India vision

22 March 2017

New Delhi/Gurgaon, India - Nokia has provided its state-of-the-art optical core and metro solution for Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited's (Jio) pan-India 4G LTE network to handle the massive traffic growth fueled by the operator's initiative to build broadband connectivity for all of India. Spanning 90,000 km in one of the biggest 100G deployments in the world, the Nokia transport network allows Jio to offer innovative, high-capacity services to underserved regions in India as well as a nationwide long-distance (NLD) service.

Over the last six months, Jio has clocked unprecedented subscriber growth as a result of its plan to bring India into the top ten broadband countries in the world. With broadband penetration at less than 20%, according to the International Telecommunications Union, most of India's population is still underserved. Recognizing this massive growth potential, Jio deployed Nokia's high-capacity transport network to offer high-bandwidth services such as video streaming, multimedia content distribution and cloud and business services to its rapidly increasing subscriber base.

Nokia's optical solution provides a scalable and resilient transport network to offer reliable high-speed broadband connectivity and communication services for both fixed and wireless users. Jio has deployed Nokia's 1830 Photonic Service Switch including 100G Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) capabilities enhanced with Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) intelligence to support capacity management and restoration. The new transport network supports the rapid deployment of new services as network demand increases.

"In only 170 days, Jio has signed on 100 million new users. With growth rates of this magnitude we had to ensure we deployed the highest capacity, most resilient transport network to build out the 4G network. Nokia's next-generation DWDM portfolio provides the ability to scale easily as Jio continues to expand the network to reach the underserved areas of India with digital services in key areas such as communication, education, healthcare, payments and multi-media entertainment," says Mr Jyotindra Thacker, President at Reliance Jio.

 "The government's vision for digitization across the country, combined with Jio's goal of making broadband a basic service for all citizens, means broadband penetration will grow quickly in India. The Nokia solution not only provides the speed and capacity necessary for this growth, but it also ensures a more reliable service for the customers. This deployment strengthens Nokia's presence in India's optical market where our foothold spans from metro to backbone networks," says Sam Bucci, head of Nokia's Optical Business

Jio has deployed multiple elements of Nokia's optical transport portfolio including:

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