Partnership to accelerate and scale all-optical global network

Partnership to accelerate and scale all-optical global network

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Laser Light Companies and Nokia have agreed on a $25 million (USD) Beta Program to commence the deployment of a planned global all-optical network. In the agreement, Laser Light will exclusively use Nokia optical and IP systems and technologies to enable the first stage of its planned Extended Ground Network System (“XGNS”) to reach and serve diverse locations. Following the initial Beta in Australia, other Beta locations are planned for the United States, Chile, Spain, and Africa later this year. When completed, Laser Light and Nokia’s Beta Program will operate a meshed global platform connecting 5 continents, enabling demonstration of advanced data services and the platform to support integration activities ahead of the global commercial network.  

“Nokia’s commitment to our Beta Program, combined with their technologies and expertise, will allow us to accelerate and scale our deployment even further and faster” said Bob Brumley, Chairman and CEO of Laser Light Companies.

Laser Light’s global elastic network will initially comprise more than 200 locations of globally meshed optical infrastructure — subsea cable, terrestrial fiber, data facilities, and an industry-first constellation of all-optical satellites — to offer highly secure, high capacity, low latency data services to users in the Metro, Near and Far Edge data markets. Each location will serve regional, local defined data pools, seeking low latency, lower cost access to Cloud services, including Edge computing and robust content delivery.

“We have been working closely with Laser Light since our Memorandum of Collaboration announcement last year. Together with Laser Light’s and Nokia’s partners, we look forward to delivering Laser Light’s Beta program ahead of the global XGNS rollout. Laser Light’s vision for service innovation and advanced customer use cases is exciting and transformational.” said Stuart Hendry, Head of Enterprise for Asia Pacific and Japan, Nokia.

Nokia’s Australian operations will also serve as Laser Light’s global partner for its overall XGNS program, including provision of selective R&D, advanced engineering, collaborative innovation, optical and IP capabilities.

Building on the existing 5G Tech Lab at UTS in Sydney, Nokia intends to complete integration of the Beta at an expanded facility, enabling future collaboration between Laser Light, Nokia, UTS, research and industry partners. Advanced data and analytics and innovative use cases are a focus of Laser Light’s global data service delivery platform.

In addition, Laser Light also announced that it has engaged DelMorgan & Co., an internationally recognized investment banking firm, as its exclusive strategic transaction advisor to explore a capital raise and other strategic growth alternatives. 

Neil Morganbesser, DelMorgan’s President and CEO, added, “Laser Light’s vision is truly transformative, and the Nokia partnership is the latest encouraging development. We look forward to the opportunity to connect Laser Light with strategic and financial investors who can provide the capital to fully realize that vision.”

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