MTNL Launches Carrier Ethernet Network With Capacity of 1.5Tbpcs in Mumbai

Mumbai’s largest Broadband service provider, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) today launched Carrier Ethernet Network With Capacity of 1.5Tbpcs in Mumbai.

MTNL and the Dept of Atomic Energy’s Electronic Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) are entering a strategic partnership by creating a state-of-the art network using indigenous routers that were developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

MTNL Launches Carrier Ethernet Network

The Carrier Ethernet Switch Routers (CESR) were developed by IIT Bombay to answer the nations needs towards providing secure and low-cost communications platform that would be beyond what is offered as state of the art by foreign vendors and other providers.

Key feature of these CESR routers include providing 1-microsecond port to port latency that is perhaps the fastest in the business. Another attractive feature is the energy consumption of the CESRs consuming a small 70Watts for a 96Gbps cross-connect fabric.

MTNL’s carrier Ethernet network has 8-nodes each deploying ECIL’s EC-Router (ECR) equipment. The created network would have total capacity of 768Gbps in this phase of today’s launch and would lead to a final installed capacity of 1.5Tbps by this Diwali.

Through this network, MTNL will launch carrier-class Ethernet services to meet its customer’s bandwidth needs. Such services would include layer-2VPNs, ELINE and ELAN services, enterprise connectivity for large enterprises, enterprise clouds, connectivity for small-and-medium enterprises, mobile backhaul services for 4G and beyond, as well as alien-wavelength services.

MTNL will be able to augment its MPLS network with a much faster network that would for example facilitate <1millisecond connectivity from any place in the city to any other place in the city. This would allow financial and key customers to better virtualize their infrastructure. The ECIL CESRs in MTNL network will create a new network infrastructure that would serve as first indigenized effort in the telecom domain.

Given the recently expressed concerns about network security, the CESR based network will infuse new confidence given its complete reliance on indigenous technology. From a business standpoint, this network results in severe CAPEX and OPEX savings for service providers like MTNL.

The technology is a first packet-oriented approach making a big improvement over legacy technologies like SDH. A key aspect of CESRs is the reach of the equipment 1000Km communication at 10Gbps per line facilitating communication in both access and core of the network. A new benefit of the CESR network for MTNL is that it would be the first of its kind network conforming to the software defined network philosophy.

This would help MTNL customize services based on individual customer needs. This will also boost bandwidth demand and broadband infrastructure in the city of Mumbai.

The network was today inaugurated by the Principle Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Government of India, Dr. R. Chidambaram (also former Chairman, DAE). The event was co-hosted by Chairman and Managing Director, MTNL A. K. Garg and Chairman and Managing Director, ECIL, P. Sudhakar.

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  • Akhil Mohan October 24, 2013 5:35 pm

    BSNL and MTNL cannot compete with pvt companies by increasing their speed. They have to compete by offering dirt cheap prices , at most 1/3 rd of pvt companies.

  • Esmail October 24, 2013 3:51 pm

    MTNL needs to first increase the ridiculous FUP’s on its Broadband plans to 4 times of what it is currently offering, the FTTH plan I use has monthly tariff of Rs.990+tax and gives 25GB high speed data theoretically at 10Mbps of which I get 3.5Mbps in day and 4.5Mbps at night time, they need to raise the FUP from 25GB to 100GB at that price. Whats the whole point of using wired broadband if they are going to offer tariffs just the same as wireless broadband? With wired broadband they do not have any spectrum limitation holding them back, then why not just provide 5 or 6 basic truly unlimited plans without FUP, and charge reasonably according to the speed offered ranging from 512Kbps to 20Mbps.

    • Akhil Mohan October 24, 2013 5:29 pm

      well said. That sums up whats wrong with MTNL & BSNL. Even in FTTH they can offer only 4.5 Mbps. I am getting more than that in Idea 3g.

  • Tharun George October 24, 2013 3:01 pm

    Even if they construct 100PB/s network, still we get 2mbps slow speed broadband that too twice as costly as 3G or 4G.

  • hmmm October 24, 2013 2:31 pm

    All well and good. But when are you going to increase the speed of your plans? Your fastest unlimited in Mumbai is 4Mbps. 4Mbps is a joke in most countries. You can get higher speeds on your phone. And stop charging so much for 1Mbps and 2Mbps fibre. Its ridiculous. I dont care if data is travelling over fibre, copper or through the air. I just want more speed.