Cisco and Kazakhtelecom pioneer IP NGN in Kazakhstan

Kazakhtelecom is now able to offer internet protocol-based services to business and residential customers in Almaty, thanks to a new next-generation network which is pioneering IP over Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing in the CIS. Deployed in collaboration with Cisco, the project was designed and implemented by Moscow-based AMT Group, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner.

Based on Cisco’s optical networking and routing technologies, the network allows for high-speed Internet access with integrated voice, video and data; virtual private network (VPN) offerings for businesses; Cisco TelePresenceTM virtual meetings, and IPTV.

Alexander Lezgovko, chief technology officer at Kazakhtelecom, commented: "This project is part of a complex program for the modernization of the telecom infrastructure in Almaty and of Kazakhtelecom's general development strategy. In the competitive situation at the telecom market, we need to retain existing subscribers and attract new ones. To achieve this, Kazakhtelecom is implementing programs to increase the quality of service, broaden the service portfolio, and establish a process for quickly and professionally addressing potential issues."

The deployment represents the first fully integrated IPoDWDM network within the CIS. The optical and IP layers have been fully integrated, while advanced DWDM optical transmitters have been integrated into the routers, reducing power consumption and therefore expenditure.

The DWDM technology utilizes reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) devices implementing omnidirectional capabilities and virtual transponder functionalities, while the core infrastructure in Almaty runs on the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System platform. The next-generation optical transport network is based on DWDM infrastructure, equipped with the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform.

Cisco and Kazakhtelecom announced in May that they would collaborate to develop integrated services for private, institutional and enterprise customers, both domestically and internationally.

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