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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How to offer off-net services or use your network to get more revenues

Many service providers often come across cases where they need to provide service to a customer with a branch outside of their network coverage area. Typically, they could go to one of their competitors covering the customer’s branch area, which most likely would not give them the most attractive pricing, as they would prefer to offer the service needed themselves, or, they can go to an inter-connect company, which offers bandwidth and connectivity to providers around the globe . An example of this type of interconnect provider is Global Capacity. Global…

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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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First open architecture platform – T-Metro 8000 Cloud Gateway

T-Metro 8000 provides industry’s first open architecture platform with best in class carrier Ethernet/MPLS density, scalability and price performance for cloud, mobile backhaul, and business services T-Metro 8000 offers answers to many of the challenges introduced by cloud based services including security, resiliency, low latency, load balancing, and SLA monitoring. Based on AdvancedTCA open architecture standards, the T-Metro 8000 Carrier Cloud Gateway comes with the award winning BiNOX operating system software supporting Hierarchal QoS (HQoS), hardware based wire speed OAM, load balancing, VPLS/HVPLS and L2VPN optimized capabilities. The open carrier-grade…

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MEF’s next generation Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0)

If you have been in this industry long enough, you probably know “what goes around, comes around.” Several years ago I coined the term Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) (What is Carrier Ethernet 2.0?) during an Ethernet industry event and today the Metro Ethernet Forum has announced its launch with the CE2.0 initiative.  Prior to this announcement Carrier Ethernet 1.0 (CE 1.0) encompassed standardized Ethernet services over a single provider’s network.  As with new generations of networking CE2.0 specifies several new features: Specifically Multiple Classes of Service (Multi-CoS), Ethernet Network to…

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Silver Server extends MPLS closer to customers

Silver Server, Austria’s largest independent ISP, has deployed Telco Systems’ MPLS edge solution in an effort to scale their network to accommodate more users. The solution is based on Telco Systems’ T-Metro 7224, a provider edge (PE) MPLS device that has enabled Silver Server to backhaul their xDSL DSLAM over fiber while overcoming the limitations of VLAN shortages in their network. The new network design has lowered the overall cost of the access network while allowing it to scale to meet the demands of Silver Server’s customer base.

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