Multinet and TIP to build the World’s Largest Open Optical Transport Network of 3.2 Tbps capacity across Multinet’s Fiber Footprint in Pakistan

Multinet and TIP to build the World’s Largest Open Optical Transport Network

Multinet Commits to provide Open and Disaggregated Solutions for the People of Pakistan.

Karachi, Pakistan, February 16, 2023 —

Multinet, Pakistan’s business communications company of choice, today announced that it will be upgrading its optical transport network that spans the entire country covering more than 120 cities, across more than 14,000 kilometers.

Greatly expanding capacity, this long-haul network infrastructure deployment upgrades the network with 3.2 Tbps capacity using Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Open Optical framework which has been designed to provide better connectivity around the world.

This project will be the world’s largest Open Optical framework implementation and the network upgrade will not only enable Multinet to bring the agility and hyper scalability to the immensely growing bandwidth demand in Pakistan but will also add more cities and towns on Multinet’s fiber network, hugely increasing the data and internet access capacity to urban, semi urban and rural areas across Pakistan.

“When we decided to upgrade our long-haul network, we knew it had to be built with an approach to make it agile, scalable and sustainable and that becomes possible with an open and disaggregated technology. That’s the future of telecommunications and it is why we went with Open Optical and Packet Transport technologies, the network upgrade also brings home the world’s largest Open Optical framework implementation which is a first for Pakistan and I am proud to share this landmark achievement,” said Adnan H. Zaidi, Chief Operating Officer, Multinet. “Open networks, like this deployment, will streamline operations and accelerate innovation.”

TIP’s mission for the Open Optical and Packet Transport initiative is to create open and disaggregated technologies, architectures, and interfaces for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and IP networks. Open Optical transport networks have been called a “megatrend” by Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst for Heavy Reading, and he predicts it will have a major impact on architectures in the coming years.

In Picture, from left to right: Mr. Vishal Mathur – (TIP), Mr. Adnan H. Zaidi – (COO Multinet), Mr. Bryan Tan – (Meta)

Multinet’s long-haul network infrastructure deployment features software and hardware from TIP’s Open Optical ecosystem and industry leading players including Edgecore, IP Infusion, Smartoptics along with local System Integrator partner in Pakistan, STARCOM Technologies (Pvt) Limited. Multinet’s upgrade incorporates Cassini, TIP’s disaggregated coherent switch and open packet transponder built by Edgecore Networks, and IP Infusion’s OcNOS, the industry’s full-featured network OS for white box disaggregated network solutions that provides the scalable transition from traditional networks to open and agile networks.

“This is a shining example of Mulitnet’s ongoing commitment to bringing modern, cutting-edge technologies to Pakistan,” said Sandeep Kohli, Connectivity Technologies and Ecosystems Manager, Meta and member of the TIP Open Optical and OpenWiFi Program Groups. “Multinet believes in open and disaggregated technologies including Open Optical and OpenWiFi. That’s why they are known as one of the most trusted infrastructure partners in the region.”

“Multinet continues to demonstrate its leadership with their use of open and disaggregated technologies to drive modern connectivity solutions in Pakistan,” said Kristian Toivo, Executive Director, TIP.

“We strive to be the recognized leader in all communications, market segments and markets we serve and this network upgrade supports our vision,” continued Adnan H. Zaidi.


Multinet Pakistan is one of the premier information and communication solution providers for enterprises in the region. Multinet is known for its reliable connectivity solutions on its 14,000+ km long self-healing and scalable optical fiber network covering over 120 cities of Pakistan, as well as a diversified portfolio of managed services solutions and a large array of IT related services.

Multinet excels at addressing the diversified communication requirements of its customers through its extensive product portfolio, nationwide long-haul network, the overarching footprint of international POPs and terrestrial extension into neighboring countries.

Multinet provides specialized solutions to their customers ranging from Single/Multi-site Local or International Data solutions, Internet connectivity & IP Transit solutions, Backhauling Solutions, Cloud Computing & Data Center services, Managed IT and Security services, Enterprise Voice & Video Conferencing Solutions as well as Virtualization and VSAT solutions.

Multinet’s comprehensive solutions portfolio, remarkable enterprise market share, a team of highly skilled telecom professionals and exemplary services make it “The Partner of Choice” for its customers stretching from Top Global Enterprises to Small and Medium Businesses. Multinet takes pride in the unwavering trust that customers have expressed in doing business with Multinet for over two decades now.

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Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity. Half of the world’s population is still not connected to the internet, and for those who are, connectivity is often insufficient. This limits access to the multitude of consumer and commercial benefits provided by the internet, thereby impacting GDP growth globally.

However, a lack of flexibility in the current solutions – exacerbated by a limited choice in technology providers – makes it challenging for operators to efficiently build and upgrade networks. Founded in 2016, TIP is a community of diverse members that includes hundreds of companies — from service providers and technology partners to systems integrators and other connectivity stakeholders. We are working together to develop, test and deploy open, disaggregated, and standards-based solutions that deliver the high quality connectivity that the world needs — now and in the decades to come.

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