Telecom Italia and Veryx are innovating on Carrier Ethernet service lifecycle test solutions
Date: Wed, 10/22/2014 - 17:41
Isabelle Morency, VP of Engineering at Veryx Technologies
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Telecom Italia and Veryx announced that they are exploring solutions to evolve Telecom Italia’s service lifecycle testing capabilities.
Telecom Italia’s initiative is in line with its strong commitment to follow the MEF activities and processes to innovate CE 2.0 services and make them Dynamic, Agile and Orchestrated, as the MEF NaaS paradigm envisions. Telecom Italia is jointly innovating with Veryx, a leader in CE 2.0 testing.
TI was the first European Service Provider to get CE 2.0 certified and the first Service Provider worldwide to obtain the CE 2.0 certification for Ethernet Access Services (EAS) in April 2013. Furthermore, in 2014 Telecom Italia Sparkle (TI’s branch for International services) also achieved the CE 2.0 certification for EAS. TI is now in a unique condition to offer CE 2.0 compliant services end-to-end, both on the domestic and international segments, creating regional and global CE networks for its customers.
After getting certified for CE 2.0, TI started experiencing an increase of interest from its customers on Carrier Ethernet services and began benefiting from simpler technical discussions during business negotiations, thanks to the pre-defined MEF compliant services specifications.
“Nowadays, and as seen in Telecom Italia’s recent developments, Service Providers are innovating faster than ever. In this process, the services offered to customers, circuit configurations and equipment used may vary, making it very challenging for Carriers to ensure, on an on-going basis, that the services they offer throughout their networks are compliant to the industry specifications and are meeting the highest quality standards” said Isabelle Morency, VP of Engineering at Veryx Technologies. “Ensuring compliance in each phase of the service lifecycle is the key to success” she added.
For Telecom Italia, CE 2.0 certification is only the first step in its service evolution path. As part of CE 2.0 Service Management Lifecycle, Telecom Italia is scouting innovative solutions for Service Activation Testing (SAT), providing deep verification of the network devices involved in the service chain, while ensuring that the Service Levels Specification (SLS) are met for connectivity, configuration and performance.
Ultimately, the preferred Service Activation Testing solution will allow Telecom Italia to offer CE services at assured quality levels and performance benchmarks, with full verification during the provisioning and turn-up process and improvement in troubleshooting efficiency.
One of the main challenges in CE 2.0 service management lifecycle is the availability of the right tools to help design standard services, perform comprehensive Service Activation Testing and proactive SLA monitoring while at the same time optimizing the cost and effort involved in the testing and troubleshooting aspects.
Veryx Technologies has designed its latest automated testing solution, SAMTEST, to help service providers in all stages of the CE 2.0 Service Management Lifecycle i.e., Service design, Service activation testing, monitoring
and troubleshooting. Its deep involvement in the MEF technical developments, expertise in testing and partnership with key industry players has enhanced Veryx SAMTEST to be a unique, flexible but comprehensive solution to CE 2.0 Service Management. Telecom Italia plans to leverage these features of SAMTEST to achieve its service management goals.
Telecom Italia and Veryx are planning lab trials of SAMTEST in the coming weeks, followed by a field trial. The tests will be conducted at the Telecom Italia’s Labs based in Turin and then moved out to the production network for the verification of actual CE 2.0 services.