Emerging Best Practices for Carrier IP Transformation
Carriers are continuing to invest significant time, effort, and resources into their network transformation initiatives, but few have gone beyond lab and early field trials of the key technology elements, such as IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem). The absence of commercially available services, delivered via next generation networks should not be construed as a failure of the technology or of the carriers themselves, but a measure of the complexity and scope of what these new services can provide. In some cases, they replace a wireline physical infrastructure that has been operational for the past century. For this reason, new implementation projects may well take years in some cases decades instead of months or weeks.
This paper explores the issues and challenges facing the telecom carriers as they plan, implement, migrate to, and operate their next generation networks. It identifies best practices that are beginning to emerge in the areas of planning, implementation, migration, and operations.
The concepts and best practices discussed are based upon four years of interactions with IP transformation program team members planners, network designers, operations team members, and IT personnel from Alcatel-Lucent and wireless and wireline carriers located around the world.
As a Principal Consultant for Alcatel-Lucent Services, Morgan Stern advises service providers worldwide as they plan for and implement their network transformation initiatives. In his role, Stern draws upon more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications and IT industries to assist clients with their IMS architecture design, migration to VoIP, access network transformations, IT integration, and network convergence strategies.
- 20 Aug 2008
- 20 Aug 2008
- 16 Page(s)
- White Paper