Trunking circuits – the terrestrial fiber or submarine communications cables that transmit data within your core network. It comes with the promise of enabling the delivery of voice and broadband…that is, until the link is cut. The cut (break) can be unintentional, such as the result of a natural disaster or a construction company doing excavation. Or, the cut can be intentional, such as vandalism or corporate malicious conduct. Regardless of the cause, the result is the same…a breach in connectivity, which results in service interruption.
If you currently have, or are considering multi-site infrastructure restoral over satellite, read on for insight that could help you ensure cost-effective service continuity, so you can remain operational and profitable in the event of terrestrial communications failure.
Considerations, Complexities & Costs
Unfortunately, fiber/cable is often the weakest link in mobile networks. First, the sheer volume of traffic that is affected has an impact on a massive subscriber base. Its susceptibility to damage and interruption can negatively impact both service levels and revenue continuity for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). Given your requirement for highly reliable core infrastructure and transport, MNOs like you are looking to satellite-based solutions for network infrastructure restoral. Satellite provides the ideal solution given its resilience, flexibility and global, ubiquitous coverage. There are, however, a number of considerations, complexities and costs that must be evaluated when selecting a satellite-based solution that is cost-effective, efficient and able to deliver guaranteed service.
When establishing an infrastructure backup, you need to consider how much satellite space segment is needed. Should you encounter a network outage, you need to have sufficient bandwidth to restore services. However, it can be cost prohibitive to provision backup satellite capacity for all sites at peak traffic levels.
Satellites are not affected by terrestrial events, and statistically not all sites will be affected by planned or unplanned events simultaneously. Therefore, the most cost-effective solution is an automated one that allows you to transfer traffic when there is an outage from cable to satellite. You need the ability to consolidate and share services, to use the fewest amount of satellite resources, and to move resources around when and where needed.
You may have sites on multiple continents. Therefore, to properly provision satellite restoral service options, you may need to deal with multiple transponders across an array of bandwidth segments and a range of satellite service providers. You need a solution that can reduce your operating costs throughout the year, but still provide the assurance of service for your subscribers.
Another common challenge is not having co-located staff proficient in satellite. In the event of network failure, it may not be feasible or cost-effective to manually reconfigure and re-arrange satellite transponders and links for remote locations. You need a solution that doesn’t require on-site specialized resources.
There is an array of satellite-based communication options. While this will be your backup infrastructure, you still need a solution that provides the highest performance possible and enables timely packet delivery and service differentiation. As costs are a key consideration, you need a solution that leverages the latest bandwidth-saving technologies.
Automated, Flexible & Cost-Effective Restoral – A System-Level Approach