As South Africa’s electronic and transmission systems move from analogue to digital, the telecommunications landscape has become more sophisticated and intelligent. This evolved platform is called a Next Generation Network.
A Next Generation Network (NGN) is a term used to describe a packet-based network in telecommunications. This network enables multiple types of voice, data and multimedia traffic to be handled and managed. It is a convergence of the Service Provider Networks including the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), the data network (Internet) and the Wireless Network.
The NGN offers users unrestricted access to different Service Providers and supports mobility which allows for consistent delivery of services.
A NGN is able to make use of multiple broadband and Quality of Service enabled transport technologies which are independently separate service related functions from underlying transport technologies (connectivity). This enables a Service Provider to enable a new service without considering the changes to the transport layer.
How it works
The network has softswitches which send a phone call in a stream of packets along the shortest appropriate path across the network to either a customer’s phone or gateway with another network.
Next Generation Network technology does not only supports VoIP services across its core, but additionally supports softswitch-based IP PBXs, IP Telephony and other end devices that involves SIP trunking.
NGN is not just a technology – it is a network that is all about efficiency and cost. With the exponential growth of the Internet, more amounts of data are carried globally leading to the shrinking of the world’s conventional telephone networks capacity.
Infrastructure that only supports voice services is no longer a viable option. Voice has now become one of the numerous services that operate on a Next Generation Network.
NGN is characterised with the following fundamental aspects:
- Is a packet transfer system
- Individual and shared core network for all types of access and services
- Has three layers of architecture Transport, Control and Services
- Supports multiple applications including multimedia, streaming, real time and non-real time services
- Broadband capacity with Quality of Service (QoS)
- Works with legacy infrastructure through open interfaces
- Generalised mobility
- Users have unrestricted access to different Service Providers
- Identification schemes can be resolved to IP addresses for the purposes of routing in IP networks
- Unified service characteristics
- Converged fixed and mobile services
- Compliant with all Regulatory requirements
What separates Hymax from the pack
Hymax’s core network is built on carrier class Next Generation Network fibre links which is embedded Quality of Service to optimise the end-user experience.
Our core network is built on Cisco hardware which is maintained under ridged Service Level Agreements that guarantees 99.999% uptime. All Hymax infrastructure is housed in robust data centres with built-in redundancies.
Hymax is fully interconnected with all major carriers via SIP both north and south of our country. We ensure that all circuits are soak and load tested before cutover to ensure minimised customer inconvenience.
If you are looking for quality voice and data connection – our Next Generation Network is for you.