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Neptune Demo Offers Series of Firsts

By Paula Bernier April 10, 2017

The Israeli Consortium for Network Programming, known as Neptune, recently staged a demonstration in collaboration with Bezeq International and a collection of suppliers that resulted in a series of firsts related to network functions virtualization and software-defined networking. The aim of the consortium is to help expedite new service deployment and creation, and a higher level of network responsiveness.

Neptune called the happening the world’s first multivendor vCPE demonstration. That demonstration employed a single service provider OpenStack controller to establish end-to-end services. These services terminated on virtual customer premises equipment from three vendors. Those suppliers were ADVA Optical Networks, RAD, and Telco Systems (BATM Group). All of the above were running on a Mellanox switch and an HCA adaptor.

“Tighter financial restrictions along with the dynamicity of today’s networks are steering service providers to adopt ever more efficient, automated, and service-aware networks,” Neptune chair Dr. Yaakov Stein said. “This necessitates totally new network architectures that enable the fast creation of new services, simplified network management, and real-time network optimization while maintaining or even reducing service provider capex and opex. Our demonstration represents a major step in bringing all these advantages of networking programming to service providers worldwide.”

Gilat Satellite Networks provided a satellite link for the effort. Neptune said that made this another first: the maiden voyage demonstrating vCPE capabilities in a satellite ground segment gateway. That satellite edge computing in this case showed factor-of-20 throughput improvement.

The Neptune and friends demonstration also involved the first integration of tactical mobile ad hoc network UHF radio networks into an NFV- and SDN-based multivendor heterogeneous virtual radio access network. Elbit Systems Land and C4i developed that part.

The demonstration also featured Open Mobile Edge Cloud, a completely virtual cellular base station. Developed by ASOCS, this product is also a first, according to Neptune.

The demonstration also featured the transport of the Common Public Radio Interface standard over microwave. Ceragon Networks brought the technology for this part of the demonstration to the table.

Meanwhile, ECI Telecom showed how its multilayer service app performs fast recovery from optical-layer faults using an ONOS controller and OpenFlow optical extensions.

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Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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