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GTB Innovation Awards 2010: results 3/5

11 June 2010

Wholesale service innovation awards from the 2010 Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards

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Wholesale service innovation

Ethernet service innovation
Winners: Verizon and CENX
Carrier ethernet exchange implementation

CENX has developed the world’s first carrier ethernet exchange to fuel and enable the global growth of the entire vibrant carrier ethernet market, currently estimated to be worth more than $20 billion. Until now, the rapid expansion of carrier ethernet has largely taken place on islands of connectivity within individual service provider networks.
The new carrier ethernet exchanges now integrate multiple service level connections in a scalable manner while differentiating retail service offerings. For carriers such as Verizon this means elimination of large numbers of complex, ad-hoc, time-consuming service and network integration issues.
For Verizon, new business opportunities are now possible that capitalize on Verizon’s existing investments in facilities, infrastructure and vast numbers of connected Enterprise and business customers together.
The first carrier ethernet exchanges became operational in October 2009 in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Submarine cable innovation
Winners: Gateway Communications and Seacom
African MPLS services on submarine cable 


In August 2009 Gateway Communications went live on Seacom, the submarine fibre optic cable connecting Africa to Europe, Asia and the rest of the world, which is now bringing 1.28 terabits a second of capacity to the continent and it is expected to provide a high volume of bandwidth at a low cost.
Gateway can now provide direct connectivity along the length of the east African coast from Kenya to South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, as well as west Africa, Europe and the US, with its new MPLS network.
This is the first and only fully redundant MPLS backbone on Seacom serving the entire East African coast making high quality Africa to Africa networks a reality not just connecting each point to Europe. This provides guaranteed quality of service to business and carrier customers, it can prioritise voice or data traffic over the MPLS network.
In November 2009 Gateway was awarded three new licences in Kenya, for network facilities provider, application services provider and business process outsourcing. These mean that Gateway can undertake the construction, installation and operation of electronic communications systems in Kenya, to continue to build infrastructure in Kenya and deliver telecommunications services to end users.

IP service innovation
Winners: iBasis and Genband
Session border control for wholesale VoIP

iBasis leveraged a unique session border control approach to gain a sharp competitive edge in the growing VoIP interconnect marketplace. As voice over broadband service providers such as Skype and Yahoo continue to grow, iBasis is also working to provide secure VoIP interconnection, device interoperability, transcoding, and regionalized architecture solutions.
Deployment was completed in 2009. iBasis has been delivering high quality international voice services over IP since 1997 and carried over 24 billion minutes of international voice traffic in 2008. In direct response to the growth in mobile subscribers and operators, iBasis continues to expand its interconnect services and leverage its leadership in IP innovation.
The carrier’s core solution in this area is its Internetwork Packet Exchange offering.

Wholesale network innovation
Winners: BT and Huawei
Service enablement through software developer kit 


Huawei has partnered with BT to help define and establish a network software developer kit to realise a rapid standards-based network design toolset.
This SDK will produce a network equipment resource catalogue which will enable a library of standards based network equipment components and their management interfaces to be available to network and OSS designers, using the TM Forum’s MTOSI — multi-technology operations system interface.
The objective is to provide an SDK format for components which is standards based and which all vendors could adopt for network equipment. This will enable BT network designers to have a common source of reusable standards based interfaces to achieve rapid network design.
New network equipment will be delivered from Huawei with BT SDK resource catalogue components in an MTOSI based format for immediate loading into the BT SDK and use by the network designers.
If the BT SDK and the resource catalogue approach are accepted by other vendors as a standard capability and deliverable for their equipment, then there is an opportunity for major benefits across the industry.

Wholesale voice innovation
Winners: Deutsche Telekom and Ascom Deutschland
GATE voice trading system 

The new Global Access Telekom Environment solution provides a holistic view of the voice trading business and supports Deutsche Telekom’s ICSS to increase the efficiency and verification of the steps leading from contract negotiation to actual technical interconnection with the carrier.
Using capabilities of the IBM Tivoli service request manager product — configuration capabilities, application designer, workflow designer, integration framework — Ascom has developed an innovative solution to support business processes of the international wholesale telecommunications business.
The solution enables Deutsche Telekom to efficiently manage port orders, contracts, commercial and financial approval of carriers, resources and service data.
The GATE system seamlessly communicates with external sales tracking, product management and network inventory systems. Each capability provides the knowledge and control needed to improve and optimise activities across trading business processes and business divisions placed worldwide.
GATE further improves the internal audit procedures of Deutsche Telekom by ensuring transparency and correct ownership of tasks and processes.

Other sections
1: fixed infrastructure innovation
2: wireless infrastructure innovation
4: business service innovation
5: consumer service innovation and editor's award

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