CloudMetro 100, the first 10GE platform for Virtualized IT Services at the network edge

The newest addition to Telco System’s Open Metro Edge solution is the  CloudMetro 100, the first 10GE platform for Virtualized IT Services at the network edge. CloudMetro 100 is a carrier-grade platform that enables service providers to transform their networks from mere transport to full IT-enabled networks – highly orchestrated, agile and virtualized. With CloudMetro 100, telecom network operators can run TelcoApps™ VNFs to provide multi-services in addition to connectivity services, and it supports Distributed Network Functions Virtualization (Distributed NFV). What sets CloudMetro 100 apart is that it combines a…

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Where MEF CE2.0 and NFV Meet

CEWC EMEA conference this year was a great place to meet many familiar faces, especially from the service provider community. We were also able to meet some new faces, as this year SDN and NFV conference was held in parallel with the Carrier Ethernet show. Many are wondering – how are the two topics related? One is comprised of novel concepts, like how to virtualize some of the inline network functionality while running it on COTS servers at the data center. The other is the de-facto emerging transport technology in the…

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Differentiating a carrier-grade service offering

Why should any customer choose your service over that of your competitors? Providers seek to differentiate their offerings in many ways, but the really important feature is not so much added functionality as how well each function is implemented and the quality of experience it providers the end-users. Firstly, there must be some way to measure and quantify Carrier Ethernet or MPLS service parameters to be sure they meet the required availability, reliability and performance requirements for end-to-end voice, video, data or converged services. You cannot guarantee levels and qualities…

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One network, many services – and the vital role of OAM

Service providers need better management and control of their networks to support new revenue generating services. Operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) functions must be part of the network if they are to deliver Carrier Ethernet services with the assurance of committed levels of SLA and QoS. What are the relevant OAM standards and how do they help improve business services, cloud based services and backhaul network service delivery to allow better service verification and management? It is not enough for service providers simply to provide dumb pipe connectivity, allowing others…

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Transport Networks for Mobile Operators 2013 – Trends in Mobile Backhaul

It all started two weeks ago in a sudden phone call. On the line was an MEF marketing manager asking me if I wanted to represent MEF in the TNMO Conference in London, speaking about CE 2.0 initiatives related to mobile backhaul. Do I want to speak on mobile backhaul? And on behalf of MEF? What is there to think about? Two days later, I had my travel arrangements sorted out, and off we went. MEF is putting a lot of focus on pushing and aligning its standards, educational papers and implementation agreements…

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Designed to run… your mobile traffic

This last month was full of action, personally as well as professionally, as another peak has now arrived for Telco Systems with the launch of our new next generation mobile backhaul product, the T-Marc 3312SC, at Ethernet Expo Americas 2012 in the storm-recovering NYC. When we first discussed this product, we wanted to bring to the market something disruptive, that will help our customers face the mobile data tsunami and support them in their efforts in introducing innovative technologies like small cells.

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Self-Organizing Networks (SON) and MPLS to the Cell Site, How is it connected? (hint: small cells)

The mobile data crunch has created a real need for more and more bandwidth. Since there is a limit to what can be done to defeat physics, this increase in demand has created a need for a new paradigm in mobile networks’ architectures. One possible solution is the “small cell” – a smaller version of the traditional base station in size, cost and transmission power (so the covered radius is smaller too). The magic is that the spectral efficiency of the small base stations is higher, allowing them to send…

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Technology trends at CommunuicAsia 2012

Now, when the suitcases have been unpacked, I have some time to share the emerging trends we saw at CommunicAsia 2012. The main focus at the show was the transition of the market from TDM to packet based networks. These are exciting times for Telco Systems, as a Carrier Ethernet and MPLS solution based company. But what were the main trends we’ve spotted at the show in the edge of the networks?

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Better backhaul with MPLS to the cell site

2011 has left the North American mobile operators breathless. A wide adoption of smart phone, exponential increase in smart devices (phones , tablets, game consoles), and rapid growth of smartphone applications have compounded to make the mobile economy very dynamic.  Mobile data usage and the LTE deployment trials have driven operators’ to address bandwidth shortages for mobile backhaul. More importantly, carriers are now faced with the realization that there is true need for network change to support the troika of the new mobile economy tsunami:  How to manage and adapt…

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State of the broadband market – fixed and mobile

An interesting market research published by Akamai and Ericsson shows the state of fixed and mobile broadband market worldwide. It was interesting to see in report that while it is hard to compare mobile and fixed broadband (different penetration level, different user mix), the bandwidth differences are interesting. In the second quarter of 2011 average connection speeds on known mobile providers ranged from 5.3 Mbps down to 209 kbps. Average peak connection speeds ranged from 23.4 Mbps down to 1.2 Mbps. On fixed line broadband the global average connection speed…

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