May 19, 2020

MTN and Huawei Complete Transport SDN and WDM System Field Trial in South Africa

MTN
ICT
Mobile
africa technology
Skills Junction
2 min
MTN and Huawei Complete Transport SDN and WDM System Field Trial in South Africa

MTN and Huawei have announced the successful live trial of a Transport Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and 2.4Tbit/s Wavelength-Division Multiplexing (WDM) system to create the fastest and most intelligent optical network to date in the industry, setting the standard for the evolution of optical transport.

The trial took place on the continent’s largest telecommunications operator’s national fibre backbone network in South Africa, with the first result achieving a transmission distance in excess of 300 kilometres.

With QPSK in the second scenario, the transmission distance was 1,031 km, demonstrating that advanced optical transport systems can reach bandwidth capacities beyond the existing 100G technology.

In addition to the large system capacity, the "world’s first" transport SDN’ new features were also tested.

Huawei Transport SDN solutions, using physical network modeling and resource abstraction, have realised transmission pipe virtualization, allowing traditional communication technology networks to be "IT-like". This trial successfully demonstrated SDN features such as Bandwidth on Demand (BoD), Virtual Transport Service (VTS) and Automatic O&M functions.

Mr.Navi Naidoo, Group Technology Officer at MTN, said: "With this successful field trial, we have demonstrated our commitment to digital innovation.

“MTN continues to invest in future-proof transport networks to realise world class technologies, not only to our existing markets, but to extend our technology offerings globally.

“We believe that networks such as cloud computing, streaming media and mobile broadband must be scalable, intelligent and flexible. To this end, Huawei's next generation optical evolution concept, 'SDN-based flex optical network', properly fits our requirements."

Mr. Zha Jun, President of Huawei's Fixed Network Business Unit, added: "Huawei will maintain cooperation and joint innovation with MTN, and continue to promote the commercialisation process of SDN and ultra-high speed optical transmission technology, in order to jointly meet the challenges of a digital future."

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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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