Rostelecom Demonstrates On-Demand Transport Services With the First Multi-vendor Transport SDN PoC in Russia

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September 4, 2017, Moscow – Rostelecom PJSC (MOEX: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY) announces today that is has successfully completed the first proof of concept (PoC) compatibility test for transport software-defined networking (SDN) in Russia.

Optical networking equipment from Huawei, NEC and Netcracker and Nokia was included in the PoC, as well as their corresponding domain SDN controllers were managed by an umbrella transport SDN controller provided by NEC/Netcracker. The new hierarchical approach to the transport systems based on SDN ensures an end-to-end control and entire visibility as well as fully automated operations across three separate optical multivendor domains.

Cloud applications and IoT services are driving rapid bandwidth growth, and networks are scaling up more dynamically as a result. This growing trend is also driving the demand for faster creation, deployment of services and a quicker restoration. Rostelecom recognizes the opportunity to meet this need through transport SDN. It is also using this opportunity to test the system’s multivendor capabilities.

The PoC was designed to test a number of scenarios. The multivendor aspect was addressed by selecting the largest producers of optical equipment including Huawei, NEC/Netcracker and Nokia. The umbrella transport SDN controller was provided by NEC/Netcracker through a uniform multidomain view to increase network agility, ensure transparency, particularly when it comes to the rapid development of the systems and its restoration capabilities.

With these elements in place, Rostelecom clients have access to brand-new, on-demand transport services that are automatically provisioned and dynamically optimized in accordance with bandwidth and network performance requirements.

The PoC also demonstrated that the service ordering time, configuration and activation process had been significantly reduced, thereby decreasing the time to enter the market from months to just few hours. Furthermore, the system produced fewer errors and it simplifies the configuration process.

Alexey Sapunov, Rostelecom Senior Vice-President for Technical Infrastructure:
"Together with equipment vendors Huawei NEC/Netcracker and Nokia, Rostelecom has demonstrated the transport SDN's ability to reduce costs and improve network automation. With NEC/Netcracker's multidomain transport SDN controller, which has managed multiple underlying domain controllers, Rostelecom was able to eliminate vendor lock-in and lay the foundation for a true multivendor infrastructure."

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