Introducing IP-PLUS, a layer 3 enhancement for Telco Systems’ Carrier Ethernet portfolio

Service providers require IP functionality in aggregation parts of their networks. In order to meet this need, Telco Systems has released the new IP-PLUS software package, which enables service providers to remotely deploy IP-related services from the metro or even from the CPE. The requirement for IP functionality derives from the need to provide services such as L3VPN, Dedicated Internet Access (DIA). Telco Systems developed the new software package in order to avoid the massive and costly deployment of routers throughout the entire network previously required. IP-PLUS is downloadable Layer…

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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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Launch of MEF France

On February 21st  a group of Carrier Ethernet Experts met at the Orange Lab Facility in Paris to launch MEF activities in France. The purpose of the meeting was to raise the profile of Carrier Ethernet in France and discuss how the MEF can better educate French service providers as well as to facilitate discussions on CE2.0 and E-Access. A variety of Service Providers and Equipment Manufacturers attended the meeting.

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News from the MEF quarterly meeting – CE 2.0, SDN and more

Last week I participated in the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) quarterly meeting in San-Diego, California. This time around, along with marketing and technical sessions that are used by the MEF members to discuss Carrier Ethernet trends and develop Carrier Ethernet standards, they also organized  “Americas Carrier Ethernet Summit” that brought together senior service provider executives to discuss Ethernet innovation. One of them was Dr. Robert Metcalfe, “the inventor of the Ethernet”, from the University of Texas at Austin who suggests that Carrier Ethernet 3.0 will be driven by new high-speed…

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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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The 3Rs for the new mobile economy

Mobile data traffic has tripled year-over-year for the past three years. Three basic elements will be required to support such explosive growth in the new mobile economy. Real-time performance measurements will be necessary for proactive real-time load balancing. Resiliency or elasticity of the network will be a key capability necessary to maintain cost-efficient infrastructure. Relevancy techniques and policies will be required to detect congestion and dynamically load balance traffic to accommodate virtualized resources. The current rate of adoption of wireless mobile communications has hit a staggering 70+ per cent of the 6.9 billion…

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What is AdvancedTCA and its deployment challenges

The Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA®) specifications are a series of PICMG (http://www.picmg.org/) specifications which target the requirements for the next generation of carrier grade communications equipment.  Based on PICMG 3.X specifications, AdvancedTCA solutions incorporate the latest trends in high speed interconnect technologies and next-generation processors that support high reliability, availability and serviceability. Central to the ATCA architecture is the ATCA switch blade that provides inter-connectivity and external connectivity between ATCA peripheral line cards, the chassis, the management components and the backplane. Telco Systems’ AdvancedTCA switch blades offer not only…

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Making MPLS cost-effective at the Edge

During the EANTC Interop event at MPLS & Ethernet World Congress, Telco Systems’ T-Metro and T-Marc devices successfully extended MPLS capabilities to the customer edge enabling improved scalability and end-to-end management. The Company’s EdgeGenie Service Management System eased service creation and provided visibility of the service across third-party MPLS core devices. In another test, interworking of ERPS (Ethernet ring) with IP/MPLS was demonstrated to create redundancy in both L2 Ethernet and MPLS level.  The EANTC Interop Event was definitely testament to the viability of extending MPLS in the edge. Costs…

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Top technology trends to watch in 2012

In an effort to help you prepare for next year, we’ve looked into our crystal ball and asked our team to give us their predications of some of the trends we’ll see in 2012 and beyond. Mobile technology – With the growing need for more mobile bandwidth, we expect to see several changes. First, we expect C-RAN architecture (Click to download application note)  to come closer to standardization and may even start to see initial deployments. This will enable mobile providers to deploy base stations faster, and at a lower…

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