Smoother operations - Verizon gains efficiences through packet optical networking

In addition to supporting TDM and packet traffic, reducing CAPEX and paving a smooth migration path to an all-IP network, the converged PONP delivers other benefits. Among those are more efficient operations support, reduced provi­sioning time and effort, improved interoperability and greater avail­ability of circuits. In terms of more efficient operations support, Wellbrock says the legacy network design often made it difficult to trace a back office problem to its root cause. "Here, all of the termi­nation, the cross-connect and the trunking are all in the same box, so it's quite easy. The back office work is much simpler."

On the interoperability front, the single-network-element PONP strategy means there are no interoperability issues. "The interoperability is resolved by that one manufacturer," he says.

Yet one of the biggest benefits Verizon expects to achieve is a much longer life span for the PONPs than for traditional net­work elements. "I think that from an architecture point of view, we're set for quite awhile," Well­brock says. "Because it supports both packet and TDM, it's some­thing we expect to see in the network for many, many years, not just for as long as it takes to write off the equipment."

 

Smoother operations - Verizon gains efficiences through packet optical networking
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