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Etisalat has deployed the first end-to-end multi-vendor Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing

(DWDM) transport network orchestration in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with automation software from Blue Planet, a division of Ciena.

This will enable Etisalat to reduce the time it takes to introduce new services by 70 percent to 90 percent. This is achieved via the Blue Planet Multi Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) at the Transport DWDM Network level, integrated with Etisalat’s existing OSS inventory and automation systems to execute closed loop automation.

Haitham Abdulrazzak, Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat, said: “Etisalat as a global leader in many technologies and innovations  continuously aims to enhance its leadership, position, network efficiency and provide superior customer experience, and a “zero-touch network target” is a tool to achieve this. Transport network is in the heart of all autonomous networks, and the deployment of Blue Planet solution is a major step in our strategy to create more agile on demand adaptive networks.”

Blue Planet also provides automated fiber diversity by integrating with a GIS system, while orchestrating service provision across the multi-vendor and multi-domain WDM network. The Blue Planet software will support Etisalat to tune and adjust Bandwidth on Demand (BoD), enabling its customers to serve themselves with network resources whenever needed.

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