A networking platform used for selling capacity services to other carriers or service providers in a wholesale business model may be similar to a networking platform used for transporting traffic in a more direct business model. However, there are a few characteristics the network should have that makes life easier for those in the wholesale business.
Infinera’s solutions offer a very broad range of service capabilities, which is a key characteristic in a wholesale environment. By supporting services such as transparent Ethernet/Multi-Protocol Label Switching – Transport Profile (MPLS-TP), Optical Transport Network (OTN), Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)/Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET), alien wavelengths and application-specific services such as Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI)/Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI), Infinera’s XTM Series and XTC-2 metro platforms are well-suited to transport wholesale services.
Another key characteristic is the ability to monitor service level agreements (SLAs) that are set between network operators and their customers. Infinera’s Enlighten™ Portal offers a multi-layer SLA dashboard, providing quick multi-service status overviews in an easy-to-use interface. The Enlighten Portal also offers multiple interfaces such as a customer view, a service operator view and a network operator view, which makes it ideal in wholesale networks. Another essential capability, easy service provisioning, is also offered in the Enlighten multi-layer management suite.