MTN tests Facebook-designed Voyager to boost internet speed

MTN Nigeria

MTN Group announced on Wednesday it emerged the first mobile operator in the world to deploy and test the open optical packet transport platform, Voyager, in telecoms and technology.

The telecom infra project (TIP) initiative, launched in February this year, is a global platform that brings together key operators in the telecoms and technology sector to collaborate on the development of new technologies to build and deploy telecom network infrastructure.

The project aims to reduce costs and increase the speed of rolling out internet connectivity for telecom users.

MTN is a member of the Open Optical Packet Transport project group that worked with the TIP community to field-test the Voyager next generation technology in its data centres for Soweto, South Africa last month.

“The test showed the highest performance with zero packet (signal) loss and potential for significant overall cost savings,” Group Network Technology Officer at MTN, Navi Naidoo, said.

“At MTN, we are excited about the possibility of bringing more than 19Tbps of connectivity to the community, using open optical networking technology.

“Open platforms move away from the vendors’ proprietary platforms which usually come at a huge cost. This means the roll out of the Voyager platform will enable operators install a network at a lower cost, which in turn, will result in cheaper connectivity for customers.”

The Director of Engineering at Facebook, Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, said the open optical packet transport group is a critical part of advancing the telecom firm’s goals.

Photo credit: Drum
Photo credit: Drum

“Voyager’s tests show open and collaborative approaches can help increase the speed of network innovation and implementation, and represent an important step in the development of an open system that will increase the efficiency of fibre networks.”

Mr. Naidoo said further collaboration with the TIP community could help MTN unlock innovation faster and enable greater efficiency in its operations, in line with its vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to customers.

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