Nokia to Provide DCI Networks to Tencent and Baidu

Nokia has been awarded two contracts with China-based hyperscalers, Tencent and Baidu, for data center interconnect (DCI) network solutions. Tencent and Baidu intent to strengthen their already strong relationship with Nokia to build out their software-defined DCI infrastructure. It will provide them with the dynamic, massive-scale optical bandwidth needed to support growing cloud operations in China and the US.

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“These latest contracts with Baidu and Tencent consolidate our presence in the webscale market in China, which we are confident will continue to flourish in the coming years,” said Markus Bochert, President of Nokia Greater China.

Tencent and Baidu are two of the top-4 China-based hyperscalers. Baidu and Tencent have large cloud operations in China and abroad to support their global businesses. Connecting their very large data centers around the world would require ultra-high optical bandwidth and software-defined networking (SDN) that are highly responsive to the fast-shifting nature of cloud services.

China’s hyperscale networks support hundreds of millions of consumers as they shop online, search for information, share photographs and online game. Nokia’s webscale DCI solutions, which are based on the Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect (PSI) and powered by the Nokia Photonic Service Engine (PSE), are also enabling webscale operators in China to support edge cloud applications such as Industry 4.0, AI, machine learning and autonomous driving. Nokia’s DCI and SDN solutions would maximize capacity and agility, while simplifying and automating key operational functions for lower costs.

“We continue to expand our relationship with China’s webscale giants,” said Markus Bochert, President of Nokia Greater China. “Our leading DCI product portfolio and technology innovations in photonics and SDN controllers are key, as well as our strong R&D capabilities, globalized supply chain and highly responsive service teams. These latest contracts with Baidu and Tencent consolidate our presence in the webscale market in China, which we are confident will continue to flourish in the coming years.”

Nokia is one of the world’s leaders in the DCI market with its solutions used worldwide by many hyperscale networks and large enterprises in the financial, healthcare, government, energy, transportation, consumer and industrial sectors for business and mission-critical DCI applications.

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