In order to optimize operating expenses (OPEX) and rationalize distribution of investment resources for the FTTx project, MTS set up its core network on the basis of existing transport infrastructure built and actively used for the delivery of 3G services. A unique topology of that network - which has no analogs in
MTS chose field-proven Cisco ASR 9000 core routers for their exceptional performance combined with rich functionality to satisfy growing demand for bandwidth. Deployment of Cisco ASR 9000 routers expanded the capacity of the MTS transport network, raised the reliability and ensured comprehensive support for the IPv6 protocol.
Key Facts / Highlights:
- IPv6 was developed to solve the shortage of address space of its predecessor IPv4. IPv4 supports 4.3 billion unique global addresses, while the new protocol supports 3.4 x 10 38 = 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses - about 670 quadrillion addresses per square millimeter of the Earth's surface. It means that IPv6 address space is almost unlimited.
- IPv6 provides end users with a number of benefits -- first of all, with a sufficient number of direct static IP addresses needed to identify all user devices in a global network. The protocol makes it possible to supply every end user with a range of unique static addresses as well as assign a whole subnet large enough to support various devices: PCs, sensors, security appliances, video surveillance tools, etc.
- According to Cisco forecasts, by 2015 there will be almost 15 billion data generating devices in the world. By 2017 fast proliferation of such devices will boost IP traffic to 1.4 zettabytes, which is 14 times more than total global IP traffic in 2008. In this situation service providers must rely on new network technologies and advanced routing solutions capable of handling tremendous traffic growth and support new services.
Artsiom Maksimenka, head of network development department, MTS:
" The m odern telecommunications market and ubiquitous proliferation of broadband technologies make service providers operate proactively. Full-scale implementation of IPv6 is one of the absolute prerequisites for operation of our fixed network that we are building from scratch according to state-of-the-art practices. While defining network topology, we paid attention to the fact that Cisco ASR 9000 routers deliver excellent performance for transport network and simultaneously support Ethernet services via IPv6. This solution is unique because we were able to deploy the required network services by just adding few software licenses without hardware upgrades. Long-term close cooperation between our companies helped us to deploy and optimize the FTTx commercial network within a very short period of time."
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