MCI Maps Out Convergence Networking Plan

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-04-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MCI on Tuesday began to map out a product roadmap centered around its strategy of "convergence networking," a single IP platform that brings together data and voice onto one network.

LAS VEGAS—Two weeks after changing its name and headquarters, MCI Corp. on Tuesday began to map out a product roadmap centered around its strategy of "convergence networking," a single IP platform that brings together data and voice onto one network. The goal is to enable enterprises to bring their disparate communications networks—including local, long-distance, voice and data—together, Ron McMurtrie, vice president of global marketing at MCI, told a group of reporters and analysts at the N+I show here. To allow this to happen, MCI—formerly WorldCom Inc.—is taking all of its IP and data networks—such as private and public VPNs, and Asynchronous Transport Model—onto a single IP platform, McMurtrie said.
"Clearly IP has won the game," he said. "Its where the futures going."
It enables enterprises to more quickly and easily move and manage the rapidly mounting volumes of data while at the same time driving communications costs down, some by as much as 25 percent to 35 percent, MCI officials said. The Ashburn, Va., company will unveil the first phase of its plan in June, when it announces its network-based IP VPN Remote offering. The architecture will tie together MCIs private and public infrastructures via security internetworking gateways, and will enable the company to offer services that will address any enterprises communications needs, McMurtrie said. MCI later this year will offer its MCI Advantage voice and data service with Private IP, its MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) VPN offering. All this will enable enterprises to run voice, video and data applications over their private VPNs.
Steve Harris, an analyst with International Data Corp., said he was particularly interested in MCI focusing on the use of MPLS, which is designed to speed up network traffic flow while also making it easier to manage. "Theres a lot that can be done with it, but I havent seen a lot of companies do much with it," said Harris, who is based in Fairfax, Va. "This announcement [by MCI] to me communicates that this company is going to do that. But Ive heard that before."


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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