Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 15 - Page 10

NEWS Direct commerce platform enables eInvoicing with Italian Government Nokia and M-net conduct field trial using Nokia technology N okia and German service provider, M-net, have jointly announced the first field trial of probabilistically-shaped wavelengths using Nokia Photonic Service Engine 3 (PSE 3) super coherent technology. In preparation for the rollout of its state- of-the-art Bavarian WDM network, M-net has become the first carrier to trial Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine 3 coherent digital signal processing technology. The PSE-3 is the first DSP to implement probabilistic constellation shaping, or PCS, a sophisticated signal processing technique pioneered by Bell Labs which finely adjusts the optical signal to maximise the data-carrying capacity of an optical fibre over any distance. D irect Commerce (DCI) has announced its successful Procure to Pay (P2P) platform connection with the Italian Government’s Sistema di Interscambio (SDI) for electronic invoicing. Direct Commerce clients can now access a compliant platform from which domestic Italian businesses can accurately receive invoices from the SDI in accordance with the government’s requirements. In addition to this functionality, the Direct Commerce P2P platform supports multiple types of compliant invoice formats including PO-based, non-PO-based and specialised invoices. The Direct Commerce functionality also enables auto-posting into SAP and compliant archiving. These new features are included in Direct Commerce’s global SaaS-based P2P automation platform, with cloud- 10 INTELLIGENTCIO based compliance services through an integration with Sovos TrustWeaver. The Direct Commerce Platform includes enhanced European VAT rules, expanded language capability and improved jurisdictional compliance, thus enabling fast, automated processing of corporate invoicing and payments on a global scale. “Through its integration with Sovos TrustWeaver, Direct Commerce is safeguarding customers doing business in Italy – and in more countries to come as they introduce similar mandates,” said Christiaan van der Valk, Vice President of Strategy at Sovos. “As VAT enforcement moves to the transaction level in Italy and beyond, Sovos Intelligent Compliance Cloud guarantees multi-country compliance for automated e-invoicing processes, supporting clearance, signing validation and e-archiving.” M-net successfully transmitted 500G per wavelength over a deployed regional network, utilising PCS to shape the signal from its maximum capacity of 600G to a rate optimised for the specific fibre route used in the test. This high level of performance and flexibility enables M-net to maximise the capacity of every network fibre, ensuring its innovative backbone will meet the demands of soaring video traffic and 5G mobile broadband. Dr. Hermann Rodler, CTO at M-net, said: “This field trial clearly underlines the innovative strength of M-net. We are very proud to collaborate with Nokia to push the technology envelope on our state-of-the-art fibre-optic network and to be the first carrier to publicly test the PSE-3 and its probabilistic constellation-shaping technology.”