TELE-POST Greenland had an initiative to upgrade the nation’s telecommunications capability to deliver next-generation, European-quality digital video, broadband Internet and GSM mobile service to everyone in the country.
- Population Distribution: Greenland’s 56,000 citizens are scattered across almost 840,000 square miles.
- Geography: The ground in Greenland, often covered with ice and snow, is largely made up of rock.
- Existing Infrastructure: Like many service providers, TELE-POST’s existing infrastructure was an amalgamation of old and new technologies.
TELE-POST made clear that in designing this next-generation architecture its vision was to improve services for the entire nation. The company insisted that its partners focus on the following:
- Enhancement of the power and performance of services for everyone in the country, not just particular locations.
- Continuation of strong profit performance nationwide, maintaining revenue streams with outstanding performance and service.
- A forward-engineered solution to support emerging, not just existing, solutions.
NetCraftsmen led the team, which included CISCO and Ericsson, to develop an approach called Transformational Architecture, a practical implementation and forward-thinking approach that anticipates emerging trends in telecommunications services and networking technologies.
Transformational Architecture is built on three complementary elements:
- Virtualization of services onto a common platform and means of management.
- Creation of a unified network layer that will accommodate all traffic.
- A greatly improved transmission network that is more robust and offers much greater capacity.
For TELE-POST, that meant incorporating programmable networks, virtualization, and similar advances that would ultimately allow for easy management of more services on a simplified network infrastructure.
Greenland’s Transformational Architecture provided many benefits:
- Increased Network Capacity – More service offerings, social improvements and a more reliable network.
- Distributed Services – A granular means of optimization ideal for remote customers, end-to-end transport and virtualization allows citizens to access the same services as those in more populated areas.
- Mobility – Expanding the reach of 3G and 4G services improves mobile Internet access and data use. Additionally, in less-populous areas, a move from all-copper home connections to mobile broadband.
- Network Virtualization – In addition to obvious benefits like eliminating hardware, network virtualization technologies facilitate orchestration and distribution of services and enable unified management and provisioning.