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August 2, 2010  6:02 PM

MPLS standards dustup smacks of Ethernet PBT wars, metro concerns

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, IETF, ITU, metro networks, mobile backhaul, MPLS, MPLS-TP, Networking, PBT, standards

One of the recent standards flaps in networking is the debate over MPLS-TP versus the older T-MPLS. Standards types can be incredibly obtuse at best, and in arguments they're likely to fall into jargon and acronyms and lose communication with the real world. The publicity on this particular...

July 7, 2010  3:59 PM

Cisco data center strategy goes with pre-standards product

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, data center, standards

Cisco has delivered its own data center strategy, one that includes specific “pre-standard” support for a kind of layer 2/layer 3 convergence to improve the scaling of networks with a large number...

May 20, 2010  1:22 PM

New UC standards effort may result from Cisco’s efforts

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco Telepresence, standards, unified communications

Just what we need -- another standards effort! This one, the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) may be a reaction to Cisco’s attempts to bring some interoperability...

December 2, 2009  10:53 PM

TM Forum says multiple types of service delivery platforms essential

Posted by: Tom Nolle
SDP, service delivery platform, service layer architecture, standards, telecom equipment vendors, telecommunications service providers

The TM Forum has released a report that says that it’s essential for service provider higher-layer success to recognize that there’s more than one kind of service delivery platform (SDP). OK, we...

September 9, 2009  4:42 PM

Service-layer evolution: Pushing for vendor support

Posted by: Tom Nolle
OTT, service layer architecture, service oriented network, standards, telecom networks

ATIS, a body driven primarily by the service providers, has announced its own initiative for what it calls the Service Oriented Network or SON. While nobody is positioning this explicitly as a repudiation of either the vendor support for the service...

March 30, 2009  5:13 PM

IETF “LISP” initiative could offer users “global” addresses

Posted by: Tom Nolle
IETF, Internet infrastructure, IP, standards

The new IETF activity aimed at supporting enterprise multi-homing of their Internet connections may be taking a step in a much more valuable direction in the long run. The Locator/Identifier...

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March 4, 2009  12:50 PM

Wireless operations costs explode with 4G complexity

Posted by: Tom Nolle
AT&T, IMS, standards, wireless, Wireless broadband

Even in the wireless space, network operators are becoming concerned about the growth (nay, explosion) of operations cost arising out of the complexity of their networks. In a recent interview, AT&T...

February 10, 2009  3:30 PM

NGN services architecture — stalled out

Posted by: Tom Nolle
BT, Next Generation Networks, next-generation services architecture, standards

Danish carrier TDC is the latest to get into the API program to attempt to secure developer support to expand service features and flexibility, but the offering is still very limited.

The problem with “third-party access” has been as much what is available for access as how to access...

January 15, 2009  1:12 AM

New free information product from CIMI Corp.

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Networking, planning, standards

CIMI Corporation is announcing a new information product called TMT Advisor Planners' Briefing, which is a PDF with audio narration and one or two slide images, covering a timely and important industry issue. This service is available at no charge to anyone who completes our...

January 12, 2009  1:57 PM

TM Forum 2009: Good yet self-serving goals?

Posted by: Tom Nolle
opex, standards, TM Forum

The head of the TM Forum has written an article for Telecommunications wherein he notes that operators could emerge from the current crisis stronger than ever if they’re mindful of the “eternal triangle” of issues; reducing opex, addressing new opportunities, and improving...


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