SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Vivo, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil, and Huawei, a leading global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider, today jointly announced their successful deployment of the first wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) lines crossing the Amazon River and the Amazon rainforest.
The WDM lines connect two Brazilian state capitals: Amazonas' capital Manaus and Pará's capital Belém. It is capable of supporting transmission of voice as well as broadband data services.
Manaus, the largest city in the Amazon Basin located in the deep rainforests, recorded strong growth in its telecommunications services in recent years and therefore needed an increase in traffic capacity of voice and data. As one of the 2014 FIFA World Cup host cities, Manaus will have a huge number of football fans visiting the city from around the world in 2014 and will definitely be seeing a surge in demand for mobile broadband services. To support bursting traffic in the future, Vivo decided to build the world's first WDM lines that cross the Amazon river and Amazon rainforest which would connect Manaus to the country's high-speed optical backbone networks. This unprecedented project will boost the city's network capacity and greatly benefit the 3.7 million people living in Amazonas.
The WDM lines are 2100 kilometers connecting over 20 cities in the Amazon rainforest including five super-long spans (200 km to 261 km). Vivo and Huawei tackled many challenges during the network deployment. In the rough terrain and harsh environment of the rainforest, Vivo and Huawei engineers overcame many difficulties and strictly followed standard working procedure in rainforests, and employed all possible means of transportations such as planes, four-wheel drives, freighters, speedboats, and even rafts to transport personnel and equipment.
Additionally, Huawei's advanced next-generation WDM/OTN platform is perfect for application in this vast and sparsely populated area since it supports WDM transmission over a single span longer than 300 kilometers. The current networks support 40G wavelengths and can evolve to 100G super-large capacity networks in the future.
President of Huawei Brazil, Mr. Veni Shone said: "Vivo and Huawei's collaboration and dedication have changed the history of communications in Amazon forever. We are very pleased and honored to cooperate with Vivo to provide even better communications services to the Brazilian people."
As of July 2013, Huawei's 100G network has been serving 100 customers worldwide.