Safaricom, Huawei To Deploy End-to-End 400G Backbone Network In Kenya


Kenya’s telecom operator Safaricom announced that it would select Huawei’s end-to-end 400G solution for its next-generation backbone network.

Safaricom has 65% market share, over 29.5 million subscribers, 22 million mobile money customers, 17.6 million data subs, 15,000 enterprise customers and over 220K FTTH homes passed.

In 2018, its broadband users grew by 2.5-fold, and its mobile and fixed network traffic are estimated to increase by 6-fold and 5-fold, respectively, over the next three years.

This will require modernization of the existing equipment to accommodate capacity requirements.

The 400G backbone will replace Safaricom’s existing 100G backbone increasing the capacity of network traffic carried between Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu.

Through the solution, Safaricom seeks to meet growing data consumption from its customers resulting from the expansion of its fibre to the home and enterprise fibre networks.

The firm has also been experiencing a year-on-year doubling of mobile data usage on its network.

To deal with increasing data traffic over the next decade and maximize network value, Safaricom PLC selected Huawei’s end-to-end 400G solution. The ultimate goal is to further improve network reliability automation, and optimize user experiences.

“We believe 400G will play a major role in increasing the capacity of backbone networks,” said Safaricom CTO Thibaud Rerolle. “Huawei’s end-to-end 400G solution coordinates router and WDM planning and maximizes network value. It will help us fully utilize network resources, and optimize the forwarding cost per bit while ensuring high reliability.”

“Our aim is to offer faster, more innovative, and higher-quality services to our customers.”

IHS Markit’s router market share report showed that Huawei stood out as the top player in the global backbone router and long-haul WDM market over the first three quarters of 2018. Huawei’s backbone routers serve multiple industry-leading operators over 100 countries and regions.

“We are delighted that Safaricom has selected Huawei to deploy the world’s first end-to-end 400G backbone network, which will redefine backbone networks in the intelligent world,” said Jeffrey Gao, President of Huawei Router & Carrier Ethernet Product Line.

Moving forward, Huawei will team up with industry players and customers and continue to innovate and invest in the backbone field. Together, they are working to help operators and enterprises achieve business success in the intelligent era.


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