Telefónica UK to migrate TDM infrastructure to packet network

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Telefónica UK (O2) is moving its legacy Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) infrastructure to an Adaptive IP network provided by Ciena.

The new packet network can support 5G, IoT and other next-generation applications. The upgrade aims to help Telefónica UK introduce innovative network automation capabilities and obtain greater control of its network, which provides more than 34.8 million connections.

Jorge Ribeiro, Head of Infrastructure, Telefónica UK, said, “As a customer-led organisation we remain committed to understanding and fulfilling our customers’ real-time needs. The upcoming integration of our legacy traffic into a new platform is a demonstration of how we work to continuously improve our customers’ connectivity experience.

“Migrating to a modernised network capable of automated services is absolutely necessary as we continue to develop 5G and IoT applications.”

Streamlining migration

As part of the deployment, Ciena Services and the 6500 Packet Transport System (PTS) will be leveraged to migrate Telefónica UK’s legacy TDM traffic to a modern packet network. Ciena’s 6500 PTS will allow Telefónica UK to continue supporting TDM customers while also addressing new, high-growth applications across a single, converged packet-based transport network.

In addition, Telefónica UK will use Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller to gain real-time visibility into its network to proactively identify and prevent potential issues.

Rodolfo Vigliano, Senior Managing Director of Sales, Ciena, said, “Providing reliable and seemingly endless bandwidth should not be hindered by the cost and complexity of managing legacy TDM networks. Our solution streamlines the migration process and also homogenises Telefónica UK’s legacy services and its network approach to deliver 5G and IoT services.”