Neotel has opted for Juniper Networks, Cisco, Hauwei and Motorola technology for its neworks.
Siemens Telecommunications will provide the IP core, IP Network Management System and Metro DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) components of the Neotel Network. This makes Siemens responsible for the core backbone and foundation of the network. The Metro DWDM allows high volumes of bandwidth to be deployed over fiber which will enable Neotel to respond to customers' bandwidth demands and protocol changes. The IP core network will enable high-performance voice, data and video services to be provided at scale from a single IP-based network. The IP NMS platform provides Neotel with the capability to manage all IP related services from a single platform.
Siemens will provide the IP core network based on Juniper Networks M- and T-series routers.
Motorola and Neotel have signed a services agreement for RF (radio frequency) planning for its CDMA and WiMax network in South Africa.
Cisco equipment is being deployed at the metro edge. The routing will provide for rapid activation of advanced IP/ MPLS services, including tiered access, IP VPNs, and metro Ethernet applications.
The MPLS-optimised architecture also enables the transport of frame relay and ATM traffic over Layer 2 VPNs, ensuring support for both legacy traffic and new IP services over a single IP/MPLS network. This promotes network efficiency and scalability in order to take advantage of the growing demand for data services.
Cisco South Africa and its partner Dimension Data have been awarded key components of the infrastructure rollout. These two companies will provide the metro Ethernet portion of Neotel’s network, which is expected to be in operation this year. Metro Ethernet covers the major cities and will connect subscribers, such as businesses, to the Wide Area Network and the Internet.
The Neotel next generation network is powered by Huawei soft switches, media gateways and session border controllers to offer advanced SIP based services and also pave the way towards true fixed-mobile convergence.
Ajay Pandey, MD of Neotel, coments: "The partnerships are a clear indication that Neotel is on track to deliver its promised services. The various partners are recognised as technology leaders in their respective areas and I believe that they are all well placed to bring their vast global expertise to effectively support Neotel in the achievement of its growth objectives."
Pravir Dahiya, executive head of Neotel Networks, adds: “The world over, traditional connectivity services are being migrated to new value-added IP services that require platforms that scale to multiples of 10Gbps interfaces in a very compact form factor, while also delivering rich, dependable IP service functionality and quality assurance at high speeds."
Neotel and its partners have committed to engaging local SMME and BEE groups in the operational activities of the relevant agreements. A significant focus will also be placed on the training and development of PDI students in the ICT sector.