Swisscom reinvents transport network with Huawei

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Swisscom is launching a new IP transport network after working with Huawei on the transformation.

The Swiss operator said it wanted to respond adequately to demands for better capacity and network availability.

By rolling out a new architecture, it said it can now separate services and products running on the transport network. The telcos have also reconfigured all transport network interfaces in order to deliver new kinds of network functions.

The goal of the project is to strip complexity from its network and increase service availability and efficiency, as well as reduce costs.

The incremental rollout of the transport network started at the end of April 2018. Swisscom said residential fixed customer services will be the first to be migrated to the redesigned transport network but it did not give a start date.

It added that migration will last until around the end of 2019.

Heinz Herren, Swisscom CIO/CTO, said: "Swisscom as a provider has always been committed to achieving the best customer experiences and networks. As CIO and CTO, I am of course excited about our pioneering achievement – besides customer centricity, Swisscom also stands for technology leadership, and it is great that our choice of architecture sets international benchmarks."

Wang Haitao, CEO of Huawei Switzerland, added: “This project fits with our vision of intent-driven networks as resilient, robust and easy to scale out, and allows metro networks to harness cloud technology to enable resource pooling, service agility, operation automation and openness to the network.”

Swisscom said earlier this year that it is hoping to introduce a 5G ready network to Switzerland by the end of 2018, although warned that this hinges on the correct regulatory framework.

In February, it worked with Ericsson on a network slicing demonstration that it said showed the technology's suitability for providing critical communications.