edotco Malaysia will deploy Nokia’s mobile fronthaul optical technology as part of the operator’s effort to support its customers’ migration to a centralized RAN (C-RAN) architecture.
Nokia says its mobile fronthaul solution will allow edotco’s network operator customers to connect new or existing mobile radio equipment seamlessly into the edotco fiber network to better address growing mobile broadband demand. By optimizing existing fiber installations, rather than using new dark fiber, edotco can achieve significant capex reduction versus traditional dark fiber approach.
Rapid and continued demand for mobile broadband, driven by new applications including video, more subscribers, and faster, more powerful devices, means operators require more capacity at cell towers. In response, mobile operators are moving to a C-RAN architecture which deconstructs the cell site, making it simpler and less costly to deploy.
By deploying Nokia’s mobile fronthaul solution based on the 1830 Versatile WDM Module (VWM) portfolio, edotco can deploy a centralized RAN architecture with its shared, common radio tower or base transceiver station hotel (BTS) for multiple mobile network operator customers. A BTS Hotel aggregates fixed and wireless traffic resources into a single location to provide shared network connectivity to network operators. This relieves pressure on the network by reducing onsite equipment and is more efficient.
“Our customers are under constant pressure to meet increasing mobile broadband demands, and this creates tremendous pressure on our network infrastructure,” said Wan Zainal Adileen, managing director of edotco. “In this environment, mobile operators are looking for new and innovative ways to increase network capacity and coverage, whilst achieving lower total cost of ownership. Nokia’s fronthaul platform gives us the flexibility to deploy assets efficiently by building a common shared infrastructure to reduce costs, in turn enabling our customers to migrate to a more simple and cost effective centralized RAN architecture.”
Nicolas Bouverot, head of Asia South at Nokia, said: “Using existing assets for edotco’s high speed mobility solution will ensure continuity of operations and services for one of its most critical infrastructure initiatives. With this deployment, edotco has transformed its mobile transport network and positioned itself and its customers to effectively manage the tremendous growth of mobile data.”