Chorus and Nokia partner to create Optical Wavelength service

Nokia made an announcement stating Chorus will be trialing a new Optical Wavelength solution in the city of Auckland, New Zealand using its network infrastructure and commissioning solution. The network is supposed to be an Open network that can cater to on-demand service requirements for users. The network is based on the emerging MEF1 standard, that has the potential to open wholesaling optical wavelength services in a completely different way.

An excerpt from the blog about how the services will benefit everyone-

Nokia’s wavelength services solution enables service providers to rapidly deploy on-demand, fully instrumented, standards-based L1 services. It includes the compact and carrier class Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Demarcation (PSD) for customer premises functions, while open software tools provide the service provider and its customers with rich service assurance reporting capabilities.

Ewen Powell, CTO at Chorus, said: “Chorus is looking forward to trialling the Nokia wavelength services solution. With its support for compact demarcation devices and end-customer portal access to fully instrumented service assurance dashboards and reports, we believe that solutions like this will further advance our service offer, and put more network control in the hands of our service providers.”

Sam Bucci, head of optical networks for Nokia, said: “Our strategy for optical wavelength services, combined with open assurance and fulfilment tools, perfectly aligns with Chorus’ wholesale strategy. Our partnership is founded on this shared vision, and we look forward to trialling this first-of-its-kind solution, which has the potential to open up an entirely different approach to wholesaling optical wavelength services, especially with the imminent release of the new MEF standard.”

Recently, Nokia and Osram had jointly announced about collaborating to create lights that could boost indoor 5g network signals. This seems to part of a much larger play forward by the Nokia group for the future of the company and they are very much invested on IOT and similar services that enable data and data distribution in the years to come and Nokia want to be at the forefront of it.

Karan Raj Baruah