Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ATIS Task Force Issues Network Convergence Recommendations

ATIS released a set of major recommendations addressing the transition of telecommunications network facilities and technology platforms in a multi-carrier environment. Specifically, the ATIS Consolidation & Convergence Task Force Assessment & Recommendations, March 2011, focuses on the following key steps in this migration: (1) fiber replacing copper; (2) reduction in the number of network centers; and (3) changes in legacy geographic- and service-based policies.

The Task Force was convened by AT&T and Verizon with participants from Alcatel-Lucent, Corning, Ericsson, Intel, Juniper and Qwest.

The CC-TF Assessment & Recommendations document covers: Planning for Consolidation & Convergence; Resiliency, Survivability and Disaster Recovery in a Consolidated & Converged Environment; Interoperability; Environmental Impacts; Applications Services and more.

"Industry's migration of legacy systems to IP-based networks affords it a tremendous opportunity to consolidate facilities, converge networks, and extend or expand IP-enabled innovative services," said Susan Miller, ATIS President and CEO. "Through the CC-TF's efforts to share lessons learned and compile best practices, ATIS is able to offer guidance and assist these efforts by providing the ICT community with recommendations to move these initiatives forward."