With just one week to go until the Broadband InfoVision Awards in Paris, we examine the shortlist for Category 8 – Core and Metro Network Innovation and Advances.

Jamie Beach

September 21, 2011

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This year's awards will again take place during a river cruise through Paris on the Bateau Diamant

With just one week to go until the Broadband InfoVision Awards in Paris, we examine the shortlist for Category 8 – Core & Metro Network Innovation and Advances.

Ericsson has reached the shortlist for its implementation of MPLS-TP functionality, in combination with its Smart Packet Optical SPO 1460 family of solutions. The Ericsson SPO 1460 family is a compact energy-efficient multi-service and packet optical transport platform which provides an ideal migration path to a fixed and mobile broadband converged network.

Together, they are designed to solve many of the challenges currently facing the transport industry by enabling an efficient managed-bandwidth service, easy management of layer 2 VPN network with transport service, a smooth upgrade of SDH voice services, and enhanced Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OAM).

Huawei has been nominated for this award for its Smart OTN@Metro solution, aimed at fixed and mobile carriers, and designed to help them solve a number of challenges in their metro transport network, including bandwidth pressures, network reliability, and difficult maintenance. Key features of the Smart OTV@Metro solution include 100 per cent bandwidth utilisation, a more robust and reliable network, and universal management.

Nokia Siemens Networks has been shortlisted for this award for its Open Core System, a suite of products which together comprise an end-to-end core network compatible with open standards, enabled by the Nokia Siemens Networks Open Core Applications and Software Architecture. All the common components of a core network can be installed and scaled up using open-standard, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) hardware.

The Open Core System software is based on the open source Linux operating system and is hardware-agnostic, due to the use of a virtualisation infrastructure between the operating systems and the hardware, which enables the same software to run on both legacy equipment and the latest state-of-the-art platforms, and offers flexibility and scalability as networks change and grow, as well as providing economies of scale for new applications.

ZTE‘s End-to-End Seamless OTN Transport Solution (iOTN) is designed to help operators build an end-to-end, seamless OTN-transport platform. The iOTN solution combines WDM transport, ROADMs, OTN switching, centralised-carrier Ethernet switching, control plane and OAM across the network into a single, converged platform.

The solution provides an end-to-end transport platform from network edge to backbone, supporting smooth upgrades from 10Gbps to 40Gbps and 100Gbps. ZTE’s 100Gbps system employs PM-QPSK with coherent detection and has been used successfully for a 1,200km demonstration for Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica.

The Broadband InfoVision Awards will be held in Paris on September 27th during a Gala Dinner Presentation aboard a river cruise on the Seine, travelling through the heart of the French capital. For more information and to register, please click here

About the Author(s)

Jamie Beach

Jamie Beach is Managing Editor of IP&TV News (www.iptv-news.com) and a regular contributor to Broadband World News. Jamie specialises in the disruptive influence of broadband on the television & media industries. You can email him at jamie.beach[at]informa.com

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