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  • Nokia raises the bar on next-generation IP networks with a commercial trial to prepare Elisa’s networks for the future
     
  • Elisa turbocharges its Nokia 7950 XRS routers with terabit interfaces to keep IP network capacity ahead of the curve as new applications and access technologies push network capacity to new limits

Nokia announced it has achieved a major network capacity milestone with its long-standing partner Elisa while preparing the operator’s network for the future.

Through a live commercial trial, the companies are proving the world’s first 1T (terabit) clear-channel interface deployment to efficiently scale Elisa’s network to support new applications and access technologies.

Commenting on the development, Elisa CTO Kalle Lehtinen said Elisa continues its string of world firsts with this record-breaking IP routing capability achieved with Nokia, enabling us to leapfrog an 800G progression that other service providers are only strategising about.

“This strengthens our position as a global 5G leader and gigabit broadband service provider, allowing us to stay ahead of the curve and maintain our commitment to our customers,” said Kalle Lehtinen.

Cloud computing

Nokia Vice President of IP Routing Hardware Ken Kutzler said Nokia is honored to have a longstanding partnership with Elisa.

“Delivering FP4-based 1T ports in the 7950 XRS is a testament to Nokia’s innovation and drive to push the technology envelope, maximizing investments for customers like Elisa,” said Ken Kutzler.

The exponential demand for connectivity and bandwidth driven by cloud computing, video streaming, AI, IoT and 5G, coupled with changing internet traffic patterns among consumers, home workers and businesses is pushing capacity limits of communication service provider (CSP) networks. 

As CSPs look to combine gigabit capable fixed and wireless access technologies, the IP networks that carry this broadband traffic must scale in lockstep.

Most networks are still operating a multitude of 100GE ports, with 400GE on the horizon. Nokia’s trial with Elisa is proving out terabit interfaces today.

Elisa upgraded some of its Nokia 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) nodes with 1T interfaces powered by Nokia’s FP4 chipset, the industry’s first terabit capable routing silicon.

Deployment readiness

The new FP4 terabit line card supports two 1T ports and demonstrated deployment readiness by carrying live traffic on Elisa’s network. Besides a 10x boost in capacity, terabit links simplify operational complexity and overheads by avoiding the need to distribute terabit flows on high capacity routes over multiple lower rate interfaces in link aggregation groups. 

The Nokia FP4 network processor lets service providers and webscale operators implement IP networks that deliver unprecedented scale, security and functionality without sacrificing performance.

The FP4 is the world’s first 3.0 Tb/s network processor. It builds on three generations of our leading-edge network processors to set a new standard in IP routing silicon design.

With IP routing platforms powered by FP4, you can:

  • Support massive, multi-dimensional scale without compromising intelligence or performance
  • Adapt to transient conditions with real-time telemetry and insight-driven network automation
  • Secure systems and data with network-integrated DDoS mitigation
  • Get maximum value from your network investments with routing platforms that deliver hardware and software extensibility

Elisa is a pioneer in telecommunications and digital services. We serve approximately 2.8 million consumer, corporate and public administration organisation customers, and have over 6.3 million subscriptions in our extensive network. Cooperation with Vodafone and Tele2, among others, enables globally competitive services.

The company’s core markets are Finland and Estonia, and we also provide digital services for international markets. Elisa’s shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. In 2019, our revenue was EUR 1.84 billion euros, and we employed 4,900 people.

As a responsible Finnish market leader, Elisa operations are guided by continuous improvement. We will be a carbon-neutral company from 2020 onwards.

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