Network sharing initiatives:
Benefits and barriers


               Richard Brandon
               Head of Strategy
      ...
Who are MLL Telecom?

• Provider of Managed Telecoms
  Services
• Operating since 1992
• Licensed Operator
• Own UK-wide R...
What does MLL Telecom do?
• Managed community networks
  – Copper, Fibre, Wireless, Switching
• Wireless networks
  – poin...
Who do we do it for?
                                             Local
Telecoms        Blue Light   Healthcare    Authori...
Networks critical to the shared services agenda

                   Network for the
                    Community
        ...
Who stands to benefit?
•   County, District and Borough Councils
•   Schools and Further Education
•   Healthcare
•   Poli...
Education
•   Enables effective use of Learning Platforms
    – Content and usage doubling every 18months
    – More perso...
Environment

• Network consolidation reduces carbon
  impact
• Enables flexible working to reduce
  council employees’ bus...
Digital Inclusion

•   Platform for broadband in disadvantaged areas
    – Often those people who use most council service...
Care Closer to Home

•   Connect local people to deliver collaborative
    solutions
    – Social workers, health workers,...
Network Sharing – so where are we?
                             Network Sharing Initiatives



100.0%
90.0%               ...
What are the concerns?
                           Main Barriers to Sharing Initiatives




   Fair use concerns           ...
What are people doing to help?

                 Network Supplier Proposals




                          15.0%


        ...
Security and assurance concerns
•   Today restricted data usually sent over private
    network
•   Shared networks can pr...
The shared network dilemma

                                          Low Cost
             Private           Shared
    T...
How to build a shared community network

                             Council                     Health
       Police

  ...
Each shared service needs its own connectivity




                                     But what’s inside
                ...
Inside the reality of a public network
                             Traffic engineering
                             under...
Inside the reality of a private network   Multiple redundant
                                            fibres into same ...
Inside a shared community network
                                                   Less fibres used
                    ...
And benefit from customised design     Local Loop
                                       Unbundling lowers
               ...
Map encrypted tunnels
                              directly into MPLS to
Delivering Security           assure QoS



    ...
Delivering Assurance
• MPLS Traffic engineering can ‘reserve’ minimum bandwidth for a
  class of user
• All the bandwidth ...
Delivering Customised Benefits
•   Customised traffic prioritisation policy
    – By application
    – By site
    – By us...
Delivering Availability
• House equipment in a secure
  exchange environment where
  possible
  – Redundant access circuit...
Example – East Sussex County Council’s NGN

•   1Gbit resilient fibre core
•   150 Schools connected by radio at 10-
    1...
Example - North West County Council
•   9 site 1GBit/s resilient core
•   180 Access sites connected at 100MBit/s


•   5 ...
Example – East of England County Council

•   500 Schools connected at 10 - 40MBit/s
•   150 Council offices connected at ...
Shared Community Networks
                             Council                         Health
       Police

             ...
Thank you




            www.mlltelecom.com
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  1. 1. Network sharing initiatives: Benefits and barriers Richard Brandon Head of Strategy MLL Telecom www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  4. 4. Who do we do it for? Local Telecoms Blue Light Healthcare Authorities Enterprise and Utilities Education www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  8. 8. Environment • Network consolidation reduces carbon impact • Enables flexible working to reduce council employees’ business travel and commuting www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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% www.mlltelecom.com
  13. 13. What are people doing to help? Network Supplier Proposals 15.0% Cost saving proposed Cost savings not proposed 85.0% www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  17. 17. Each shared service needs its own connectivity But what’s inside the cloud? www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 ££ www.mlltelecom.com
  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 £ www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  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 www.mlltelecom.com
  30. 30. Thank you www.mlltelecom.com
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