Huawei, Korea Telecom working with Intel to deliver new services on standards-based AdvancedTCA* and Carrier Grade Linux building blocks
SUPERCOMM, Chicago, June 22, 2004 - Intel Corporation announced today that Huawei Technologies and Korea Telecom are developing Intel-based modular communications solutions for wireline and wireless network infrastructure. This adds to the growing list of telecommunication equipment manufacturers (TEMs) and service providers that have moved away from specialized and costly proprietary systems toward adopting standards-based platforms to deliver new services with faster time-to-revenue at more affordable costs. These manufacturers and providers build communications gear that enables consumers to have a full range of services from basic phone connections to the latest wireless trends such as push-to-talk. In related news, Intel announced a next-generation, carrier-grade Intel-based server as part of Intel's growing communications effort.
Intel-based platforms and components are considered the "building blocks" that enable the telecommunications industry to deliver a broad range of high-performance solutions to support the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth. The Intel platforms include Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA*) systems and carrier-grade Rack Mount Servers (RMS).
"The announcements by Huawei Technologies and Korea Telecom are further proof that industry adoption of modular architectures is moving from concept to reality," said Tom Franz, Intel vice president and general manager of the Communications Infrastructure Group. "We believe deployments of Intel-based modular platforms will continue to grow worldwide as TEMs move away from propriety architectures and as carriers continue to look for ways to reduce operating costs and time-to-revenue."
Huawei platforms go modular
Huawei, a leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer, sees the benefits and has developed a long-term platform strategy centered on modular communications platforms and AdvancedTCA. "We firmly believe that modular platform technology standards are key to a faster time to market, yielding significant value to both Huawei and our customers," said Wei Ai, Huawei vice president and CTO. "For that reason, we are developing our next-generation infrastructure platforms with such standards as carrier-grade Linux and AdvancedTCA based equipment running Intel compute and network processors for delivery later this year."
Korea Telecom test drives new services on AdvancedTCA
Korea Telecom is one of the leading high-speed internet service providers in the world. They experienced dramatic reductions in development time and resources when developing their next-generation services platforms using off-the-shelf AdvancedTCA based system components as part of a recent pilot program. These new applications and media server platforms were designed to support a suite of services from Korea Telecom such as multimedia caller ID, color ring back and video conferencing.
"The use of Intel processor-based AdvancedTCA platforms for our IP multimedia services trial has allowed us to rapidly integrate elements from several best-of-class suppliers into a carrier grade solution," Lee Sang-hong, vice president of Korea Telecom said. "Two years ago, a similarly sized platform and service effort required 10 developers more than 12 months to complete. This standards-based approach resulted in a 50 percent reduction in development time using fewer people for our new project. In addition, we expect our operating expenses to be cut in half due to the reuse of this platform architecture for deployment of several new services."
Carrier-Grade 1U Server Breaks New Price/Performance Ground
Intel also unveiled a new 1U carrier-grade server that offers telecommunications equipment manufacturers and service providers 30 percent greater performance at a 20 percent lower price than the previous model. This 1U rack-mount server is based on the Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 3.0 GHz, a product of Intel's industry leading 90-nm manufacturing process. The TIGPT1U server gives service providers the combination of performance and price to meet provisioning demands of rapidly growing services, such as video-on-demand movies, mobile push-to-talk, voice recognition, voice-over-IP, and other service-provider applications.
The enhanced performance of the TIGPT1U server, measured by the SPEC Int2000 benchmark, is aimed at infrastructure and services where demand is expanding rapidly, but central office space is limited. This server has Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) Level 3 certification and provides extensive server management capabilities, including central office alarms interfaces. The TIGPT1U will be available in July through distributors, starting at $2,250, depending on configuration.
In related news, the 2004 Supercomm show marks the 1-year anniversary of the Intel Communications Alliance, a community of more than 150 communications developers and solution providers committed to the development of modular, standards-based building blocks based on Intel technologies.
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