Editor ©RapidTVNews | 25-07-2011

With what it calls a milestone on its network infrastructure front, du has announced the completion of the first phase of its Optical Transport Network (OTN) expansion.

The integrated telecom service provider offers a number of pay-TV options across the UAE including IPTV which will receive a huge boost from the enhance capability of the OTN which will see use transporting traffic between the various parts of du’s core network and which will extend from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and the northern emirates, ultimately reaching du’s submarine cable landing station in Fujairah.

du has invested over $65 million in this project, which has already reached an advanced stage and will be completed by mid-2012 to include Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Qwain.

The project is built on an infrastructure backbone with enhanced standard, ultra low loss fibre optic cables which are designed to carry signals for long distances and enable greater reach and longer span.

Explained Hatem Bamatraf, du Senior Vice President of Network Development: “optical transport network along with our own backbone infrastructure using the latest in fibre optic cables will enhance the capacity of the backbone and to the end users, and also provide enhanced network coverage to 2G and 3G mobile users.

"Moreover, it will act as a core network to connect the UAE to other nearby countries through global and submarine cables. So, our network will add to the UAE connectivity capacity regionally. This in turn acts as a stepping stone towards our preparations to launch our fixed line service nationwide. We will continue our efforts to develop our network to further advance our customer experience.”