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2016-07-21

NOKIA: Orange Poland and Nokia set new capacity-distance record with 1.5 Terabits per second (Tb/s) superchannel transmitted over 870km between Warsaw and Wrocl

Press release

* Results are a 25% increase in per-wavelength capacity over 200Gb/s, a 70%
distance improvement vs comparable field trials and 250% increase in
bandwidth over 100Gb/s networks using same amount of spectrum
* Capacity and distance records set on existing Orange Poland network
infrastructure using commercially available transport infrastructure from
Nokia
* Trial shows how operators can cost-effectively meet soaring data demand
using Nokia technology

21 July, 2016

Orange and Nokia have achieved the world's first optical transmission of 250
Gigabits per second (Gb/s) per wavelength over 870km through Orange Poland's
existing network infrastructure. This milestone was reached when a
six-carrier 1.5 Terabits per second (Tb/s) superchannel occupying a bandwidth
of 300GHz was transmitted between Warsaw and Wroclaw over standard single
mode fiber. The trial demonstrates how Orange Poland can stay ahead of
surging bandwidth demand as cloud networking continues to grow.

Optical systems typically achieve maximum transmission capacity over short
distances and lower capacity across long distances. This trial demonstrated
how capacity and distance can be improved in tandem using Nokia technology,
resulting in a 250% increase in bandwidth over commonly deployed 100Gb/s
networks using the same amount of spectrum.

Key Facts

* The 1.5Tb/s superchannel is based on six carriers of 250Gb/s capacity each.
With electrical speed 30% faster than current technology, the capacity is
maximized while the channel spacing remains aligned with the 50 GHz ITU-T
grid.
* The field trial used a 870km fiber link with flexible grid infrastructure
and standard erbium-doped fiber amplification applied to 20dB spans of
standard single mode fiber. The size of the superchannel and its 50GHz
spacing between channels, which is the same as existing 100Gb/s channels,
will ease network planning and operation.
* Orange and Nokia also demonstrated with a real-time transponder a record
spectral efficiency of 5 bits/Hz with 250Gb/s in 50GHz over 870km by using
16QAM modulation format.
* The new optical link could transmit up to 24Tb/s of traffic in total if 96
channels amplifiers were used.

Christian Gacon, Vice President in charge of Orange's transport networks,
said:
"This ground-breaking milestone will be the basis for faster networks and a
better user experience for our customers. Bandwidth demands are continuing to
skyrocket, but we also need to keep our infrastructure costs in check.
Reaching these new heights in optical transmission proves we can meet
bandwidth demand while maintaining the lowest cost per bit so our business
can continue to flourish."

Sam Bucci, head of Nokia's Optical business, said
: "At Nokia we continue to push the limits of optical technology with our
customers. The massive bandwidth demands brought on by cloud networking - and
the anticipated continued growth of that demand - means we never stop
innovating. Our recently announced photonic engine, the PSE2, and our 500G
muxponder, in combination with Orange's talented engineers and rock solid
network infrastructure, made this technical feat possible. We're proud of
this accomplishment and look forward to more innovation as the telco cloud
network takes hold."

About Orange

Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with sales
of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2016,
including 96,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has
a total customer base of 252 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2016,
including 191 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband
customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and
telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange
Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan
"Essentials2020" which places customer experience at the heart of its
strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital
universe and the power of its new generation networks.
Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock
Exchange (symbol ORAN).

For more information on the internet and on your
mobile:www.orange.com,www.orange-business.com,www.livetv.orange.comor to
follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material
are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

About Nokia

Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things.
Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the
company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that
are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network,
Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers,
governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud
and the Internet of Things.
www.nokia.com

Media Enquiries

Nokia
Communications
+358 10 448 4900
press.services@nokia.com

Orange
Press office
Tom Wright
+33 1 44 44 93 93
tom.wright@orange.com

Nokia Resources:

* Video:Nokia PSE-2: The heart of the network for today and the future
* Video:Super coherent technology - optimizing wavelength capacity and reach
* Nokia Optical Networking page
* Photonic Service Engine 2 (P SE-2) page
* 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) portfolio page
* White paper:Applications of next gen coherent modulation

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