Spark taps Nokia for core network upgrade

Spark is to upgrade its core infrastructure under a three-year strategic partnership with Nokia that will include the supply by Nokia of its 7250 Interconnect Router R6 (IXR-R6) to “address capacity and embrace architectural evolution on the path to 5G, ultra-broadband and IoT,” according to Nokia. 

The deal follows Spark's launch of 200Gbps per wavelength fibre link using the Nokia PSS1830 optical transport network, announced last December

Nokia said unprecedented growth in demand for mobile and fixed broadband was driving the need for an upgrade as Spark prepares for the move to 5G, ubiquitous ultra-broadband connectivity and rapid growth in IoT. It said its 7250 IXR-R6 would address network requirements for traffic growth and major architectural changes on the path to 5G. 

Rajesh Singh, general manager of partnering, procurement and vendor management at Spark, said: "This strategic partnership is a key step for us to realise our vision of a data-driven future for New Zealand. Nokia is helping us to achieve worldwide leadership in preparing for 5G. It will allow us to offer our customers the most advanced mobile and fixed broadband services anywhere, efficiently and securely." 

Nokia said the 7250 IXR-R6 “features terabit capacity and high-port density delivered in a compact, ruggedised form factor [and] comes with advanced security features and a wide choice of interconnectivity options ranging from legacy SDH/SONET to high-speed, latency sensitive Ethernet, suitable for next-generation fronthaul interface (NGFI). 

“The 7250 IXR-R6 enables cost-effective transport of both latency-sensitive and 'bursty' traffic, which makes it equally suitable for ultra-broadband as well as for new IoT-based services.”



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