Nokia and BT further collaborate on highly scalable, power efficient IP networks

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Nokia announced today that BT will test its FP5 network processing silicon, including its 800G interfaces. The cooperation is a part of the firms’ long-term strategic partnership and will ensure that the UK’s biggest network has the capacity, flexibility, and low power consumption needed to provide the greatest customer experience moving forward.

“With FP5, Nokia continues to innovate to ensure IP networks have the scale, flexibility and features to help us manage increasing demand from our residential, mobile and business customers. We’re eager to trial its capabilities as we grow our network capacity – part of our Best Network strategy for meeting our customers’ future needs,”

Neil McRae, Managing Director and Chief Architect at BT, said.

The new brain of Nokia’s IP service routing systems, FP5, enables service providers to meet the constant need to expand network capacity effectively, enable new higher-speed IP services, and offer unrivalled defence against growing network security threats. Nokia has raised the bar by supporting high density 800G routing interfaces, new embedded line rate, flow-based encryption capabilities, and a 75 percent reduction in power consumption, supporting BT’s sustainability goals to operate the UK’s most power-efficient network. Nokia has built upon four generations of industry-leading network processors.

“This FP5 trial is an extension of the strong partnership and collaboration between BT and Nokia to build the multiservice network that runs the UK now and in the future. Key to this trial will be FP5’s capability to support high-density standards based QSFP-DD 800 ports, which are immediately available with the FP5 and a real differentiator for Nokia,”

Rafa de Fermin, VP Network Infrastructure at Nokia, said.

Nokia’s 77xx line of routers powers BT’s biggest IP network, which has peak rates of 25Tbps. As the first company in the UK to test 800G interfaces on IP routers, BT is able to guarantee the largest scale and capacity at the lowest cost for its anticipated future UK customer traffic.

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