SaskTel Upgrades Voice Network and Deploys Zhone’s MXK Platform

by Istvan Fekete on July 8, 2015

SakTel has deployed Zhone Technologies’ MXK platform in yet another step towards replacing and modernizing the SaskTel legacy voice network.

“By modernizing our voice network we can achieve significant savings in our ongoing operational costs, enable the integration between our wireline and wireless networks and enhance our customer service experience,” emphasized Daryl Godfrey, Chief Technology Officer, SaskTel. “In addition to cost savings with this new architecture, our revitalized network will enable us to evolve our architecture to IMS and better integrate our wireline and wireless networks.”

To do that, SaskTel sought inspiration from US carriers: AT&T and CenturyLink have already migrated their voice network from TDM to IP using the same platform. By modernizing its voice network, SaskTel can not only achieve operational savings, but also enable integration between its wireless and wireline networks, and enhance customer experience at the same time.

The initial focus of the MKX gateway will be on its voice network, but SaskTel chief technology officer Daryl Godfrey says the carrier wanted a platform that would allow them to provide a wide range of broadband services on the same platform.

A multidimensional device will likely play a key role in the wireless carrier’s expansion of rural broadband coverage.

“SaskTel is an ideal customer to showcase Zhone’s position as market leader in Canada for voice network modernization,” explained Michael Fischer, Vice President of Sales, Zhone Technologies. “Service providers in North America – and around the globe – rely on the core functionalities of the Zhone MXK, including flexibility, scalability and ease of use. Our customers know it is one of the leading solutions for voice modernization.”

Back in March, SaskTel completed a DSL Internet program in rural Saskatchewan, extending services to 54 communities and providing speed upgrades to more than 241 existing DSL-served communities.

As a result of a $36 million investment in its fiber-to-the-premise program, it will pass 27,200 new homes while connecting 18,000 more customers to its nfiNET network in Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, and Swift Current.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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