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Network sharing initiatives: barriers and benefits.

The presentation given at SOCITM09 by Richard Brandon, Head of Strategy at MLL Telecom

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socitm MLL Telecom 2009

  1. 1. Network sharing initiatives: Benefits and barriers Richard Brandon Head of Strategy MLL Telecom
  2. 2. Who are MLL Telecom? • Provider of Managed Telecoms Services • Operating since 1992 • Licensed Operator • Own UK-wide Radio Spectrum • 24x7 Network Operations Centre • Provide parts of the UK’s largest networks
  3. 3. What does MLL Telecom do? • Managed community networks – Copper, Fibre, Wireless, Switching • Wireless networks – point-to-point – point-to-multipoint • WiMAX networks • Managed Routers/Switches
  4. 4. Who do we do it for? Local Telecoms Blue Light Healthcare Authorities Enterprise and Utilities Education
  5. 5. Networks critical to the shared services agenda Network for the Community Education, Digital inclusion, Healthcare, Economic development, environment Shared platform For processes, data and applications Cost reduction
  6. 6. Who stands to benefit? • County, District and Borough Councils • Schools and Further Education • Healthcare • Police and emergency services • Local communities • Third sector (charity workers) • New and transforming businesses
  7. 7. Education • Enables effective use of Learning Platforms – Content and usage doubling every 18months – More personalised Learning – Students moving from consumers to collaborators • Equal access for disadvantaged students • Enables multiple use of facilities e.g. for adult education • Meeting BSF guidelines On Broadband in schools: “… We've got evidence that shows that it is probably worth half a grade at GCSE difference, if you have access to (on-line) resources…” Neil McLean, Executive director of Becta
  8. 8. Environment • Network consolidation reduces carbon impact • Enables flexible working to reduce council employees’ business travel and commuting
  9. 9. Digital Inclusion • Platform for broadband in disadvantaged areas – Often those people who use most council services • Platform to target broadband ‘notspots’ – Local business stimulus – Develops rural IT-dependant businesses – Attracts and retains businesses, jobs and skills “We need to ensure that EVERYONE has access to high speed Internet if we're all to compete on a "level playing field". Federation of Small Businesses
  10. 10. Care Closer to Home • Connect local people to deliver collaborative solutions – Social workers, health workers, security workers • Platform for delivering care in the home
  11. 11. Network Sharing – so where are we? Network Sharing Initiatives 100.0% 90.0% 1-3 22.5% 80.0% Years 70.0% Network for the 60.0% Community 50.0% Now 40.0% 70.0% 30.0% Shared platform 20.0% 10.0% 7.5% Cost reduction 0.0% Initiatives Under Way or No plans Planned Source: Primary research amongst SOCITM members by MLL Telecom, October 2009
  12. 12. What are the concerns? Main Barriers to Sharing Initiatives Fair use concerns 15.4% Security Concerns 77.0% 0.0% 10.0% 20.0% 30.0% 40.0% 50.0% 60.0% 70.0% 80.0% 90.0%
  13. 13. What are people doing to help? Network Supplier Proposals 15.0% Cost saving proposed Cost savings not proposed 85.0%
  14. 14. Security and assurance concerns • Today restricted data usually sent over private network • Shared networks can provide connectivity to GCSX (Government Secure eXtranet) for sensitive data • Shared networks can prioritise traffic types • However; • Any shared network solution MUST assure complete privacy of restricted data from other community groups • In state of emergency certain user groups MUST be given assured use of limited network capacity
  15. 15. The shared network dilemma Low Cost Private Shared Trust Networks Community Flexible Network Trust – Availability – Privacy – Security – Bandwidth assurance Public Networks Low cost High flexibility
  16. 16. How to build a shared community network Council Health Police • Low Cost • Flexible School • Trust – Availability School – Privacy – Security – Bandwidth assurance Police Health Council
  17. 17. Each shared service needs its own connectivity But what’s inside the cloud?
  18. 18. Inside the reality of a public network Traffic engineering under fault conditions impossible to predict Core capacity shared amongst LE LE Availability unknown users restricted by public service LE LE deployment
  19. 19. Inside the reality of a private network Multiple redundant fibres into same site Multiple CPE ports Multiple fibres in ££ common duct – £ £ single point of failure Moving a core site is LE LE costly and complex Traffic ‘trombones’ in LE LE and out of core £ £ access links ££
  20. 20. Inside a shared community network Less fibres used can lower cost Simpler CPE Less single £ points of failure Flexible topology LE LE Dedicated changes Switched Optimum traffic Core LE LE routing £
  21. 21. And benefit from customised design Local Loop Unbundling lowers costs Wireless for resilience or Optimise costs with reach microwave radio LE LE LE LE
  22. 22. Map encrypted tunnels directly into MPLS to Delivering Security assure QoS GCSX MPLS provides complete LE LE traffic separation between community user groups LE LE Secure Interconnect to GCSX Common Criteria Certified premise equipment encrypts restricted data for added security
  23. 23. Delivering Assurance • MPLS Traffic engineering can ‘reserve’ minimum bandwidth for a class of user • All the bandwidth is available when there is no congestion • Profile can be changed under network fault conditions if desired • Multiple levels of QoS (Quality of Service) available per user – eg for voice, video, client-server, browsing… Encrypted MPLS LSP 1 MPLS LSP 2
  24. 24. Delivering Customised Benefits • Customised traffic prioritisation policy – By application – By site – By user or groups of users • Flexible Bandwidth • Option to integrate WiMAX and xDSL access • Multicast for video broadcast – Staff briefings – News – Training and lessons – We recommend use of Next Gen Multicast VPN (NG-MVPN) proptocol within the core ) as it provides better integration with MPLS than PIM (Protocol Independent Multicast) • Direct Connections to other Govmnt Networks – JANET, GSCX… • Option to host content, applications, firewalls in core
  25. 25. Delivering Availability • House equipment in a secure exchange environment where possible – Redundant access circuit risk – Allows access for planned works out-of- hours • MPLS core – fast re-route – Simplified routing topology = more stable network • Use 24x7 proactive management
  26. 26. Example – East Sussex County Council’s NGN • 1Gbit resilient fibre core • 150 Schools connected by radio at 10- 100MBit/s • Other schools connected on fibre • Council offices ready to benefit from cost advantage of existing community network
  27. 27. Example - North West County Council • 9 site 1GBit/s resilient core • 180 Access sites connected at 100MBit/s • 5 Year Pricing • BT Ethernet Circuits* - £6.111M • MLL Switched Core Network* - £5.021M • Saving of 18% • And it’s more resilient, more flexible and lowers CPE costs * Based on standard MLL Telecom pricing of BT circuits * Both designs subject to similar BT excess construction charges
  28. 28. Example – East of England County Council • 500 Schools connected at 10 - 40MBit/s • 150 Council offices connected at 100Mbit/s • 5 Year Pricing • Initial Project Pricing £20M* • MLL Private Switched Network £15M* • Saving of 25% * Both designs subject to similar BT excess construction charges
  29. 29. Shared Community Networks Council Health Police Private Shared Trust Network Community Network School •Low Cost •Flexibility School •Trust Public Network Lower cost Police Health Council
  30. 30. Thank you