OCTOBER 20, 2009 -- ECI Telecom has unveiled a suite of new services and tools to optimize network planning, maintenance, and operation. Supported by software tools, the new services include Network Design, Network Audit, and Traffic Analysis and Optimization.
The Network Design service aims to help operators introduce new services and improve time-to-market while avoiding high-cost disruptive migrations. This service helps network operators assess and design an optimum network architecture that addresses operational as well as strategic growth requirements, according to ECI.
ECI’s Network Audit service is designed to enable service providers to continuously analyze and track changes in existing network elements, without compromising future plans for design and installation of new elements. The Network Audit service delivers a view of the provider’s network infrastructure and equipment to facilitate the decision-making process and greatly improve resource planning, utilization, and allocation, the company asserts.
The Traffic Analysis and Optimization service brings ease of operation to the day-to-day monitoring of critical metrics relating to network stability, capacity, and utilization, says ECI. It is engineered to provide in-depth traffic analysis and enable the necessary fine-tuning for optimal network performance and investment protection.
“Service providers face many challenges from all points of the compass, such as how to pursue a smooth next-generation IP/Ethernet transformation; how to respond to competitive threats against other carriers; and how to identify and execute successful service strategies,” says Joel Stradling, Senior Analyst at Current Analysis. “By distilling vast experience and innovation into a suite of network design, audit, optimization, and migration planning tools, ECI’s Global Services Division has made a positive step forward to help customers navigate these complex waters.”
To support these services, ECI has developed a set of software tools:
- Network Design Platform (NDP): ECI’s new, vendor-agnostic planning and design tool supports multiple technologies, such as fiber, WDM, TDM, Ethernet, and MPLS. The tool is optimized for handling the migration to an all-IP network, reducing single points of failure and bottlenecks along the network, and optimizing network resources utilization.
- LightPlan: Developed for WDM network planning, simulation, and documentation, ECI’s LightPlan is designed to enable efficient and streamlined network planning workflows and uniform views of all network layers, technologies, and platforms in use.
- Site Planner: ECI’s Site Planner provides configuration and documentation for all the network elements in ECI’s product portfolio.
These services and tools deliver increased network design flexibility, reducing risks and enabling carriers to achieve maximum performance with minimal spending, ECI says. By discovering hidden bandwidth, carriers can defer capex spending and optimize existing network investments, improving their network for optimal transition to IP, which ECI identifies as a key principle of its 1Net framework for optimized and simplified migration to next-generation networks, and increasing network efficiency and reliability.
“Our Network Design and Optimization offerings bring together ECI’s team of services experts and a comprehensive and highly flexible suite of tools for customers who need more capacity without over-extending existing resources to expand or develop their networks. As carriers increasingly look to outsource short and long-term projects, with ECI’s services and tools, they can save on opex, delay capex, maximize usage of their existing network, and prepare for an optimal migration to next-gen at their own pace, the ultimate definition of 1Net,” said Eran Talmon, head of the Global Services Division of ECI Telecom.
In India, Vodafone Essar Ltd. has selected ECI to perform in-depth network analysis and consultancy services. With the Network Design Platform (NDP), ECI says it identified key areas for optimization and laid out a plan for a smooth, efficient migration to NGN.
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