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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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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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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Best Software Product at ATCA Summit

Telco Systems brings home ATCA Award for its BiNOX operating system which powers the Company’s ATCA T-HUB switch blades.  The award was presented at the ATCA Summit event, held in San Jose November 1 and 2. BiNOX is a carrier grade Real Time Operating System (RTOS) incorporated in the Company’s newest ATCA T-HUB4 switch blade.  BiNOX addresses the performance and scalability challenges for 40G applications such as LTE, security, cloud services, policy access control, IPTV, IMS and deep packet inspection. These new applications create highly variable bandwidth demands and traffic…

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AdvancedTCA today and tomorrow

Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA or AdvancedTCA) is a standardized platform architecture for carrier-grade and high demand telecommunication applications. Its goal is to provide a higher level of performance and scalability using an open, multi-vendor architecture. Basically ATCA is all about Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS). If you are unfamiliar with this standard and want to know more, you can find a wealth of information on this website. The advantage of ATCA is that it has a high level of design flexibility and modularity.  ATCA enables the use of any…

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What is HQoS and how is it different from QoS?

Carrier Ethernet networks today are migrating from being uni-service network (i.e., best effort) to being a multi-service network (prioritized). In order to run a multi-service network the carrier needs a mechanism that allows him to enforce QoS (Quality of Service) policies per user per service. HQoS (Hierarchical Quality of Service) allows the carrier to make sure each service gets the network resources it needs while coexisting on the same network infrastructure with other types of services. An additional value of HQoS is the ability to share unused network resources between different…

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