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"natg" - development of next generation asap transport gw enabler (asap = any service any port)

The proposed cooperation of developing "natg", will allow for transporting tdm interfaces(pdh) over any packet network, using a best in class, efficient, scalable and dense solution in today's increasingly demanding bandwidth while meeting the high demanding requirements of tdm interfaces.

The Telecom industry is constantly increasing, as mobile & Telecom operators are forced to improve their services and communication quality, by adding new advanced services, which require more bandwidth and greater efficiency over the net. Today, the most widely deployed and high demanding scalable and bandwidth applications are the Mobile & Wireless backhaul and the SONET/SDH (Synchronous Optical Network/ Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) network replacement, as they require providing higher coverage with greater performances. As a result, there is a need for a packet based technology that will replace the "SONET/SDH" network and its advantages, but still meet the performance criteria required by the TDM world with respect to timing, packet loss, delay, availability and capabilities to support the various protocols, such as SAToP (Structure Agnostic TDM over Packet), CESoP (Circuit Emulation Service Over Packet), ATMoP and ATM IMA oP. A Technology that can meet these criteria is the Pseudo-Wires emulation (PWE) technology, which enables transporting both voice and data traffic over new high-capacity, lower-cost packet networks. Circuit emulation services (CES) is a class of pseudo-wire that allows service providers to carry traditional time-division multiplexing (TDM) services (such as voice) over a packet network. With this techniques, the synchronous data stream is split into packets at the transmit side, transported across the packet network and on the receive side, reverted back to a synchronous data stream. As a result, at the receive side, the ATM cells and TDM data may not be put in the right order and synchronised again to allow recovery of the payload. Because the TDM packets experience different travel times and delays, the challenges in supporting CES protocol is assuring synchronisation when the packets are being reverted back. In this project, by integrating TELRAD's expertise in software (IPR- Intellectual Property Rights) and hardware, with AIMCOM B.V's innovative FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology (IPR), the new development, "NATG"- Next Generation ASAP Transport GW enabler, will allow for addressing many of those challenges, supporting all PWE and Ethernet services in single 3U platform, while achieving density of up to 64 x STM1 ports. The "NATG" (use PWE core) will allow for transporting TDM interfaces (PDH) over any packet Network using a best in class efficient scalable and dense solution in today's increasingly demanding bandwidth, while meeting the highly demanding requirements of TDM interfaces. The proposed cooperation will offer a best in class solution that will provide Ethernet and TDM services to multiple operators, while reducing transport costs, optimising bandwidth, supporting more efficient network technologies and upgrading the existing software and hardware capabilities. In order to achieve that, the NATG will include an innovative algorithm that will use timestamp messages that are exchanged between the end points (Timing over Packet (ToP)). By using special filter techniques, the timestamp packet will be processed in such a way that the clock of the client signal is accurate enough to allow a mobile base station (or any product using E1/T1) to be synchronised to the network. To achieve this, both the frequency and phase of the clock must meet the very stringent requirements that mobile networks impose on the clock signal. In the frame of the proposed project, TELRAD will develop the software middleware engine responsible for providing the most accurate, reliable and efficient transporting process, while AIMCOM will contribute to the development of the FPGA code, saving HW (Hardware) costs and OPEX (Operating Expenses) expenses. In addition, TELRAD will lead the new product's sales and marketing effort, utilising the company's existing sales force, customer base and strategic partnerships, while AIMCOM will market and sell the NATG within AIMCOM customers. AIMCOM will also support TELRAD's worldwide marketing effort by providing pre-sale support, employee training and any additional assistance that may be required. The project offers an opportunity for all its members to capitalise on their respective know-how and penetrate new markets with a superior product. Each party will keep its own IP rights, while if new IP is developed covering integration of the product, each party will own the IP part that was developed by it. Both companies are expected to enjoy a revenue increase as a result of this cooperation.
Acronym: 
NATG
Project ID: 
5 051
Start date: 
01-07-2009
Project Duration: 
27months
Project costs: 
7 800 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Network Technology, Network Security
Market Area: 
Other communications (not elsewhere classified)

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