Alcatel-Lucent brings SDN-based Network Services Platform

Alcatel-Lucent announced its new SDN-based Network Services Platform (NSP) enabling telecom service providers to deliver an on-demand, user experience.

Analyst firm ACG says Alcatel-Lucent Network Services Platform allows telecom operators to design innovative offerings 58 percent faster and 56 percent fewer resources. Telecoms can provision the new services instantaneously across multiple layers, domains, and networking vendor platforms.

Bell Labs research shows operators are also able to support 24 percent more revenue-generating traffic by using sophisticated algorithms to intelligently distribute new connections across their network.

Rob Shakir, BT End-to-End Network Architect said: “Tightly coupling service requirements and performance with network control, as in ALU’s NSP, promises to deliver benefits of centralized optimization while exploiting the strength of our existing distributed network.”

Alcatel-Lucent announces NFV portfolio
Alcatel-Lucent said the latest Network Services Platform bridges the gap between service design, provisioning and network engineering, allowing telecom operators to cost-efficiently define new services and activate them in real-time.

In addition to a unified approach to the automation and control of a range of services in carriers’ IP/optical infrastructures, it gives visibility of the state of the network across all layers at all times, allowing automatic multi-layer service provisioning.

Self-tuned adaptive routing algorithms use information such as link traffic and use, in addition to network topology and state, to establish the most efficient transportation path. Telecom service providers can move paths to avoid network congestion or dynamically release locked bandwidth to allow additional customer services to be added.

“Alcatel-Lucent’s NSP combines service automation with network traffic engineering across the IP, MPLS, Ethernet, and optical layers,” said Dana Cooperson, research director, Network Software and Virtualisation, Analysys Mason.

[email protected]