Telefonica (NYSE:TEF, news, filings) said this morning that it has successfully trialed a new network design leveraging ADVA transport gear and a RAYcontrol GMPLS control plane, Juniper edge routers, ROADM, and multi-layer configuration from the European IST project ONE effort. That’s a long list, but what does it mean?
Essentially, the idea is to take the various layers of network services today: DWDM, TDM, Ethernet, IP/MPLS, etc which are often managed quite separately today, and to deliver and manage them all via a single unified network design. Putting it all under one roof will hopefully help drive down costs and thus make it easier to scale todays networks for the growing wave of data.
Telefonica’s trial helped to verify that potential for reduced capex/opex and automated service provisioning. Specifically, they found a 37% reduction in capex, activation of new services in minutes or less, and superior mean time to repair. Telefonica did not say when this nextgen design or another like it might go into a production network. It’ll be a while yet I guess, but it sounds interesting.
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