Bell Canada employs Nokia's XRS to support terabit-speed metro network

Bell Canada is taking the terabit-speed plunge by deploying Nokia's 7950 XRS core router in order to support growing demand for digital content across its wireline and wireless networks.

The deal was won by Alcatel-Lucent, which is now a subsidiary of Nokia, following its recent acquisition of the company.

For this network initiative, Nokia is providing Bell Canada with the 7950 XRS, which will be managed by Nokia's 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM). The two companies said this configuration will create a single, end-to-end managed IP platform streamlining day-to-day network operations and enhancing operational efficiency, including a reduced energy footprint.

From a bandwidth point of view, the 7950 XRS includes a number Layer 2 and Layer 3 service features, and can scale from 6.4 to 32 terabits per second in a single system. 

As a future-proofed solution, the 7950 XRS supports advanced management interfaces that will help Bell Canada reduce overhead costs and provide the agility and programmability needed for SDN. 

Timing for the deployment makes sense for Bell Canada, particularly as it ramps up its consumer and business wireline and wireless services like Fibe TV and Internet, wireless and data center services.  

One of Bell Canada's key initiatives on the consumer side is its pledge to bring 1 Gbps FTTH service Gigabit Fibe to over 2 million homes across Quebec, Ontario, and the Atlantic region of Canada, with plans to extend it to a total of 2.2 million homes.

For more:
- see the release

Related articles:
U.S. FTTH deployment rose 13 percent in 2015, says FTTH Council
Bell Canada on pace to bring 1 Gbps FTTH service to 2.2M homes by the end of 2015
Rogers challenges Bell Canada with plans to roll out 1 Gig to 4M Toronto homes
Bell Canada invests $922M to build out 1 Gbps services in Toronto


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