Etisalat, Huawei complete optical cross-connect trial

The trial of “OptiXtrans series OSN 9800 P32C” cements Etisalat’s leading position in technological innovation of transport networks and promotes application of OXC solution.
Updated 01 December 2019

Etisalat, Huawei complete optical cross-connect trial

Etisalat collaborated with Huawei to complete the industry’s first trial of compact all-optical cross-connect (OXC) for the transport industry, enhancing connectivity and speed while the cutting-edge technology will simplify optical architecture and build future networks.

The trial of “OptiXtrans series OSN 9800 P32C” cements Etisalat’s leading position in technological innovation of transport networks and promotes application of OXC solution, a statement said.

An OXC is a device used by telecom carriers to switch high-speed optical signals in a fiber optic network, such as an optical mesh network. 

The cutting-edge technology will help reconstruct and simplify the optical layer architecture and build a future-oriented network infrastructure. 

This solution will significantly improve network scalability, shorten time to market (TTM) for new services, and reduce operations and maintenance (O&M) costs.

Esmaeel Al-Hammadi, senior vice president, network development, Etisalat, said: “This joint innovation project with Huawei is a result of Etisalat focus on its vision and strategy of ‘Driving the digital future to empower societies.’ This has motivated us to continuously invest to provide superior network services to all our customers. This new solution with Huawei will enhance the development of the infrastructure and simplify the network reducing the service provisioning time, improve efficiency in operations and maintenance to provide optimal network experience for customers.”

Simon Lu, president of Huawei Transmission Network, said: “We enjoyed working with Etisalat to complete the joint trial of compact OXC. This is an innovative solution which will redefine and simplify the methodology to develop the optical layer in transport industry.”

The OptiXtrans OSN 9800 P32C is a large-capacity OXC device that can be used at the backbone or aggregation layer. It meets the requirements for fast grooming of large-granularity services and separated east-west deployment in a transport network.


Makkah governor honors LuLu group's Yusuff Ali

Updated 13 July 2020

Makkah governor honors LuLu group's Yusuff Ali

MAKKAH: Makkah Governor and advisor to King Salman Prince Khalid Al-Faisal honoured Yusuff Ali, chairman of Lulu Group, for his active involvement in the campaign "Barran bi Makkah."

The campaign, which was held under the aegis of Makah Governor, helped families and owners of small businesses who have been negatively impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Yusuff Ali had donated SAR1 million ($266,000) to the project.