Infonetics Research (News - Alert) has released a new whitepaper titled, “Routers on the IP Edge: Overcoming the Triple Challenge of Video, Mobility, and Cloud,” that explains how IP edge routers help carriers overcome triple challenges of video, mobility and cloud.
According to Michael Howard (News - Alert), the author of the whitepaper, “The Internet changed everything forever, and it certainly changed service provider networks.” As service providers migrate from Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) to Internet Protocol (IP) and as carriers are nearing completion of their IP packet networks, they face various challenges encompassing video, mobility and cloud that are unfortunately overwhelming their networks.
The white paper further examines how the latest advances in edge routing technology are helping carriers meet the demands of growing video traffic, surging mobile backhaul traffic, and cloud services at the IP edge.
The current IP edge comprises separate overlay networks for multiple services, and is generally not up to the task of providing the capacity and service granularity today's video and data services require. The new IP edge that is emerging is a consolidated multiservice delivery point for IP video, mobile and cloud services and is capable of addressing the scalability and performance requirements of today's services. It ultimately provides operators with an opportunity to turn the trip challenge of video, mobility and cloud into opportunities.
A number of service providers, including British Telecom, TELUS, Portugal Telecom and Belgacom (News - Alert) have already started using the latest IP edge routers to re-architect their networks to add new capabilities and develop new services with this technology.
Infonetics whitepaper also focuses on the issues faced by the proliferation of video on service provider networks. Especially challenging is the shift from traditional multicast broadcast IP TV service, where one stream is sent to all users to unicast broadcast video, where a separate stream is sent to each single user.
Edited by Allison Boccamazzo