Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced that its metro WDM products, with world-leading PID (Photonic Integrated Device) technology, have been selected by Saudi Telecom Company (STC) for its next-generation metro WDM networks in Saudi Arabia. STC will be the first operator in the Middle East to use PID technology.
PID technology greatly simplifies the WDM architecture by integrating multiple key photonic components of the WDM system, such as lasers, modulators, detectors, multiplexers and demultiplexers, into a 5cm PID chip. Compared to a traditional WDM network, a PID-enabled WDM network can save up to 50% of space and power and 90% of the fiber connection. In addition, due to its simple design and structure, PID technology makes it easier to deploy and maintain next-generation metro WDM networks.
As the biggest operator in the Middle East, STC has developed IPTV and mobile broadband services in recent years, rapidly expanding the growth of metro network services in Saudi Arabia. Against this backdrop, STC is now facing an urgent demand to construct ultra bandwidth metro networks.
"The PID technology helps us construct advanced metro WDM networks, provide multi-granularity services quickly and easily, and serve our customers more agilely," said Eng. Khaled I. Al-Dharrab, Transport Network Director of STC.
Huawei is an industry leader in the area of WDM development and has successfully applied its PID technology around the world, including in Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Commonwealth of the Independent States. Huawei provides first-class transport network products, such as WDM/OTN/ MS-OTN, MSTP/Hybrid MSTP, microwave products, and end-to-end network solutions. According to consultancy firm Ovum, Huawei ranked No. 1 in the global optical network market and the WDM/OTN market in Q4 2011.