MTN becomes first mobile operator in the world to

Wednesday, 02 November 2016
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MTN becomes first mobile operator in the world to test the Facebook-designed Voyager
Johannesburg – MTN Group has become the first mobile operator in the world to deploy and test the
open optical packet transport platform, known as Voyager, after joining the Telecom Infra Project
(TIP) earlier this year.
The TIP initiative, which was launched in February 2016, is a global endeavour which brings together
key stakeholders in the telecoms and technology space to collaborate on the development of new
technologies and find fresh approaches to build and deploy telecom network infrastructure. The
project aims to reduce costs and increase the speed of rolling out internet connectivity.
MTN is part of the Open Optical Packet Transport project group, and worked closely with the TIP
community to field-test the Voyager next generation technology in MTN data centres between 14th
Avenue in Fairlands and Soccer City in Soweto, at the end of October. The test results showed the
highest performance with zero packet (signal) loss and potential for significant overall cost savings.
“As 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 that the roll out of the Voyager
platform will enable operators to install a network at a lower cost, which in turn, will result in cheaper
connectivity for customers,” says Navi Naidoo, Group Network Technology Officer at MTN.
The results of the Voyager test have been presented at the TIP Summit, currently underway in
California, USA, with next steps being to obtain the necessary approvals and explore commercial
rollout of the platform.
“It’s great to see what we have been able to accomplish with TIP members since we launched in
February. The Open Optical Packet Transport project group, where MTN has worked closely to fieldtest Voyager, is a critical part of advancing our goals,” says Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Director of
Engineering at Facebook. “Voyager’s tests show that 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.”
Naidoo reiterates Schmidtke’s sentiments, and says that through further collaboration with the TIP
community, MTN hopes to help unlock innovation faster and enable greater efficiency, in line with the
company’s vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to customers.
- Issued by MTN Group Corporate Affairs
About the MTN Group
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22
countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange
in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 30 September 2016, MTN recorded 234.7 million
subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Cyprus,
Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville),
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