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    VoIP Technologies In Rural Areas VoIP Technologies In Rural Areas Presentation Transcript

    • VoIP TECHNOLOGIES IN RURAL AREAS Bob Harvey Regional Director, MetaSwitch Spring VON – April 1, 2004 AT THE HEART OF THE CONVERGED NETWORK
    • INTRODUCTIONS • Bob Harvey • Regional Director, MetaSwitch • MetaSwitch • A division of Data Connection • Financially stable for 22+ years • Established provider of communications technology to • Service providers (SBC, Verizon, BT, …) • Vendors (Cisco, Lucent, Nortel, Siemens, …) • VP3500 Next Generation Class 5 Switch • Proven Class 5 switch with rich set of subscriber features for legacy replacement or cap & grow • Broadband (IP & ATM) and TDM interfaces today • Next gen services – IP Centrex, web self-care • 40+ deployments – about 50% with rural telcos Slide 2
    • AGENDA • Background – the rural service provider market • Why Rural Service Providers are moving to VoIP • Case studies • New Knoxville Telephone • Yukon Telephone • Conclusion Slide 3
    • THE RURAL SERVICE PROVIDER MARKET • While urban areas are served by RBOCs, rural areas in the United States are typically served by independent telephone companies, often community-owned co-operatives • There are more than 2,000 such independent operating companies (IOCs) in the United States • The 100 largest alone have >23M access lines • >50% of Class 5 switches serve <5,000 subscribers • While some are conservative, many IOCs are on the leading edge of new technology like VoIP • High broadband availability • Many have co-operative ownership structure – so demand new services is from members • Smaller organizations, so shorter decision-making process Slide 4
    • WHY VOICE OVER IP FOR RURAL TELCOS? • Growing recognition of cost savings of • Packet-based infrastructure – management & bandwidth efficiency • Next generation class 5 switches – capital cost, management, support, maintenance • … And threats to funding structure (USF, NECA) are creating real cost consciousness • USDA Rural Utilities Service starting to accept VoIP gear, e.g. • Occam Networks Broadband Loop Carrier • MetaSwitch VP3500 is first listed VoIP Class 5 Switch • Competitive drivers Slide 5
    • COMPETITION IN THE RURAL MARKET • Broadband VoIP services are bringing competition to rural areas – in many cases for the first time • Also, cost efficiencies of packet voice (e.g. 802.11 networks) enable much sparser competitive deployments to be profitable • In response, independent telcos are looking to compete • New business / revenue generating opportunities • New services – video (and VoIP) over DSL, cable, fiber, … • New subscribers out of region – “edge-out” into the RBOC town next door • Target high-end residential (triple-play) and small businesses (IP Centrex) Slide 6
    • EXISTING GR303-BASED ACCESS NETWORKS • Traditional Digital Loop Carrier (DLC) terminates POTS and DSL, converts to TDM (T1/3, GR-303) • DLC and DSLAM may be separate or combined TDM MUX GR-303 POTS+DSL DS1/DS3 SS7/ PSTN GR-303 TDM Digital DS1/DS3 Loop Carrier data DS3/OC3 Class 5 Switch IP Router Internet Slide 7
    • VOIP AS A REPLACEMENT FOR GR-303 • Broadband Loop Carrier converts POTS to IP • Equipment available today • Requires an IP interface to the switch – ideal solution is a next generation Class 5 switch with this capability on-board VoIP+data POTS+DSL Ethernet SS7/ IP Router PSTN TDM Broadband VoIP/Ethernet Loop Carrier data Next Generation Class 5 Switch Internet Slide 8
    • CASE STUDY: NKTELCO – PROFILE • Small rural-based ILEC/CLEC and cable company; CLEC arm is GoldStar Communications • Current service offerings include: • POTS • Video and high speed data over the cable network • Using Next-generation Class 5 Switch to thwart competition and increase revenues with out-of-region expansion • Service offerings: • VoIP over cable • VoATM over T1 / ADSL • GR-303 for TDM voice • Combining best use of existing TDM equipment and VoBB with a hybrid MetaSwitch VP3500 to target new services Slide 9
    • CASE STUDY: NKTELCO LEGACY NETWORK POTS GR-303 PSTN MetaSwitch VP3500 DLC Next-Generation Class 5 Switch Slide 10
    • CASE STUDY: NKTELCO VoIP OVER CABLE IP / Cable E CMTS eMTA G ig- PSTN MetaSwitch VP3500 Next-Generation Class 5 Switch Slide 11
    • CASE STUDY: NKTELCO VoDSL MetaSwitch VP3500 Next-Generation Class 5 Switch PSTN O C -3 T1 IAD ATM Switch DSL IAD DSLAM Slide 12
    • CASE STUDY: NKTELCO FULL DEPLOYMENT IP / Cable eMTA CMTS PSTN MetaSwitch VP3500 POTS DLC Next-Generation Class 5 Switch T1 IAD ATM Switch DSL IAD DSLAM Slide 13
    • CASE STUDY: YUKON TELEPHONE PROFILE • Incumbent telephone provider to rural Alaskan communities of Whittier, Tanana and Ruby • <1,000 subscribers in incumbent area • Goals • Migration strategy for legacy Class 5 switches • Consolidate switching to one location • Leverage lower costs of IP satellite • Leverage existing DSL and cable TV broadband networks • Use flexibility of IP access to expand service base (e.g. via satellite and 802.11b wireless networks) • Using MetaSwitch VP3500 configured for • GR-303 – to interface to existing DLCs • VoIP – for new services and circuit-to-packet migration Slide 14
    • CASE STUDY: YUKON TELEPHONE IP satellite ) CP ( MG IP Vo Broadband POTS Loop Carrier SS7 VoIP (SIP/MGCP) PSTN TDM ATA HFC Cable, 802.11b, … POTS VP3500 GR -30 Next Generation 3 IP Phone Class 5 Switch DLC POTS Slide 15
    • CONCLUSIONS • The rural market is not a backwater – independent telcos are at the forefront of the VoIP tidal wave • Migration of existing legacy infrastructure • Competition and new services • Next generation technology is available that fits the rural / independent market space • Circuit-to-packet migration – cost effective VoIP loop carriers • Class 5 Softswitches with support for required legacy features and new VoIP services • … and it’s being deployed! • MetaSwitch >40 deployments, ~50% by independent telcos Slide 16
    • THANK YOU! • For further information: Bob Harvey RBH@metaswitch.com +1 817 427 0016 www.metaswitch.com Slide 17