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Etisalat UAE, branded as etisalat by e&, announced that it has collaborated with Huawei to complete the trial of 1.2Tbps/channel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This achievement is a major industry milestone in driving down the cost per bit of telecommunications networks. The trial showcased the ability of fiber networks to reach the overall capacity of single fiber transmission up to 96Tbps.

The 1.2Tbps/channel technology will address etisalat by e&’s growing demand for capacity with the newest current shift towards online digital behaviors, cloud-based business services, enhanced home broadband and 5G services. Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) is an optical fiber multiplexing technology that is used to increase the bandwidth of existing fiber networks.

etisalat by e& is again leading the optical industry with the latest innovative solutions and early technology adoption. This accomplishment is particularly significant in emphasizing the promise to deliver the best-in-class and the most advanced, robust network in the UAE. Based on the 1.2Tbps/channel adoption, etisalat by e&’s optical network will be able to take a leap closer to attaining an innovative, agile transmission network model that can rapidly adapt to external changes and respond to customer business requirements.

This trial leverages Huawei's latest 1.2Tbps/channel optical module by using the unique second-generation channel-matched shaping (CMS) technology, including a series of advanced transmission algorithms such as Nyquist-shaping, transmitting pre-compensation and SOP (state of polarization) tracking. The result of the trial demonstrated excellent transmission performance while achieving optimal spectrum efficiency. Combined with Super C-band and Super L-band solution, it will provide the industry’s largest single-fiber capacity of 96Tbps.

Marwan Bin Shakar, senior vice president, Access Network Development at etisalat by e&, said: "The successful trial of 1.2Tbps/channel with Huawei is a result of our continuous efforts to deliver enhanced customer experiences by pushing the boundaries of what is possible as a digital telco. This has resulted in etisalat by e& taking the lead in building one of the most advanced networks globally and using industry-leading technology to deliver superior network services to our customers across UAE. With 1.2Tbps/channel solution, we are able to deliver more data by every wavelength, and build an optimal cost-per-bit optical network for best-in-class customer experience. This trial will further strengthen our efforts in maximizing value for customers and bring positive change to their lives in the age of digitalization."

Victor Zhou, president of Huawei's Transmission Network Domain, said: "We are glad to work with etisalat by e& to complete this 1.2Tbps/channel trial. We will continue to collaborate with etisalat by e& to achieve more innovations by Huawei’s ultra-high-speed OTN solution and build a high-quality, reliable and scalable transmission network, helping etisalat by e& to achieve business success."

Etisalat Group has changed its brand identity to e&, effective February 2022. Its strategy aims to accelerate growth through the creation of a resilient business model represented by Group’s main business pillars.

The telecoms business currently continues to be led by etisalat by e& in the Group’s home market and e& international markets, upholding the Group’s rich telecoms heritage, bolstering the strong telecoms network and maximizing value for the Group’s various customer segments.

Ramping up the digital services for individuals to elevate their digital-driven lifestyle, e& life brings next-generation technologies through smart platforms in entertainment, retail and financial technology. e& enterprise focuses on maximizing value through its end-to-end solutions in cybersecurity, cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as deploying mega projects, in order to enable the digital transformation of governments, large-scale enterprises and corporates. e& capital allows the Group to focus its efforts on driving new investments while maximizing shareholder value and strengthening the Group’s global presence.

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