CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA_7 November 2017 – Today at AfricaCom 2017 held in Cape Town, South Africa, Cisco again highlighted that telecom service providers need a transport network modernisation strategy that lowers total cost of ownership while meeting next-generation requirements for efficiency, speed, scalability, and performance. According to Cisco, modernising the transport network is the most cost-effective path for telecom service providers while still supporting existing TDM service requirements.
Many telecom service providers still generate significant revenues from TDM-based services, as a significant percentage of their customer traffic flows through TDM interfaces. The goal of most network modernisation projects, however, is to transition to an all-packet network. According to Cisco, a prudent approach would be consideration of a hybrid network supporting TDM, Ethernet, and IP. Transitioning with this type of solution would support business needs and provide a solid foundation for next-generation transport network when the network is ready to transition to a full IP.
In addition to assessing the current state of telecom service provider’s legacy technology infrastructure, the size of the business, geographic location, customer demographics, and the competition market, Cisco highlighted six focus areas for transitioning from TDM to IP and evaluating transport network modernisation solutions; namely:
Ultimately however, there are a number of options for modernising transport networks and each option has value but the value depends on the telecom service provider’s end goal. Cisco’s Roadmap for Transport Network Modernisation looks at both the business and technology benefits of a transport network modernisation solution.
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