Next-generation IP transport – the cornerstone of the information economy
Our global information society is engulfed by telecommunications traffic for businesses, entertainment, education, surveillance, industrial control, and other applications. New technologies like 5G, AR/VR and data-hungry AI/ML algorithms are driving traffic up at an unstoppable rate. At the same time, best-effort delivery is no longer sufficient for a lot of the new applications and services that require guaranteed performance in terms of latency and the associated latency fluctuations, capacity, and reliability. The times when a customised solution was needed for every service requirement are long gone. Network operators, including traditional fixed network providers, mobile telephone network providers, or operators of business-critical services, want network convergence that supports all their service requirements.
Next generation (NG) IP transport offers a convergent platform that can dynamically provide the deterministic behaviour required for the services it transports, on a per-service basis. To enhance backhaul transport, the IP transport layer needs to collaborate seamlessly with the underlaying optical transport network. Multi-layer optimisation maximises the efficiency of IP and optical transport networks by routing traffic via the most suitable transport paths and guaranteeing fail-safe operation in the best possible way.