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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
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
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
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
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
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
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