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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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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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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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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What is a Cloud Gateway?

A survey that Light Reading done among the carriers, clearly showed that there has been a major increase in strategic activity related to cloud services over the past year. More than 85% of telecom operators responded to this survey, said that their companies are either offering cloud services or are taking steps to offer them. Moreover a solid majority believes that telecom service providers have a competitive advantage in providing cloud services, because they control the network and can provide end-to-end SLAs. As enterprises and consumers access these new cloud…

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