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Best Practices and Keeping Costs Under Control for Next-gen IP Network Transformation

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“Keep costs under control.”

How often have you heard that?

As a network provider, it’s probably your mantra.

As you’re shifting to a next-gen IP network, that concern becomes tantamount. Keep repeating the mantra, “Keep costs under control,” and then focus on these three hot areas as suggested by Alcatel-Lucent.

High Leverage Network: Unlike a rigid legacy network, this network’s intelligence can save money by dynamically adapting and managing bandwidth demand.

Non-linear cost reduction: As you shift to an IP/MPLS network look for efficiencies to reduce the network’s complexity. If you have to hold onto some legacy equipment, outsource management as you focus on new services.

Strategic investment: Even if initial capital expenditures are inevitable, it doesn’t mean you can’t start generating better returns right away. Prioritize IP transformation, starting with the greatest cost reductions. And as network capacity increases, make sure that risk doesn’t increase with it.

A migration is far from easy and fully understanding the architecture can be overwhelming. To comprehend the scope of your transformation, request an Alcatel-Lucent Network Readiness Analysis to examine existing architecture and flag critical issues and steps for the transformation.

Major players have benefited from such pre-planning. Sprint saved $719,000 its first year and $2.4 million annually after Alcatel-Lucent inventoried 2,500 network elements, outlined a consolidation plan, and eliminated excess equipment.

For more, read the full guideline, “The New Economics of Telecom Networks: Bringing value back to the network” and watch the video “Total cost of operations.”

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