Nokia Signs Deal To Upgrade Spark’s Network Infrastructure

Nokia has revealed that it has signed a contract with Spark, a telecommunications provider in New Zealand, that will run for three years. The deal will involve upgrading both fixed-line and mobile network infrastructure of Spark. This is in preparation of the expected rise in traffic that is expected to result with the rollout of 5G and IoT services.

With the upgrade Spark’s backhaul and core networks will now operate on the MPLS system of Nokia and will also use the 7250 Interconnect Router also provided by Nokia. According to the Espoo, Finland-based telecommunications gear provider, the 7250 Interconnect Router possesses terabit capacity as well as connectivity options which include Ethernet, synchronous digital hierarchy and synchronous optical networking.

“The 7250 IXR-R6 enables cost-effective transport of both latency-sensitive and ‘bursty’ traffic, which makes it equally suitable for [5G] ultra-broadband as well as for new IoT-based services,” said Nokia in a press release.

5G rollout

According to Rajesh Singh, the general manager of Partnering, Procurement, and Vendor Management at Sparks, the carrier will now be at the forefront of leading the adoption of 5G across the world. The upgrade will also assist Spark in handling the sharp rise in traffic that is being predicted. Already, Spark’s broadband which runs over the wireless service and which utilizes the Nokia IP/MPLS network, is experiencing heavy traffic as usage has increased tenfold.

Previously, Spark had used the PSS1830 Optical Transport Network of Nokia in unveiling the 200Gbps fiber. This capacity will also be improved in the course of the next 24 months.

Ericson partnership

At the same time Ericsson has been involved in upgrading Spark’s network following the signing of a deal in February which gave the Swedish networking gear maker the responsibility of fully digitizing the voice network of the New Zealand carrier in phases.

Earlier in April, Spark had indicated that its Public Switched Telephone Network would be progressively upgraded in the next half a decade to Converged Communications Network that is IP-based. Ericson will be involved in developing the Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem which will be the core technology of CCN.

And with CCN, Spark will use the technology to deliver Wi-Fi services, data, video conferencing, fiber, landline and voice calling.CCN will be comprised of three network nodes which will be spread out throughout New Zealand with a view to ensuring resilience in the case of outages such as during a natural disaster.

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