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Announcing Domain 2.0 From AT&T

Announcing Domain 2.0 From AT&T

telecom datasetsIn the world of Information Technology, two things are for certain. One is that there will always be rapid advancements in technology on an almost daily basis. The Smartphone industry is one example of this where there is a new app being developed and marketed every day. It is almost too much to keep up with it all! Second, is the always developing techno-jargon that comes with it.

The latest term to enter the telecom industry is known as “Domain 2.0.” What exactly is it?

Essentially, it is a combination of two types of network topologies in order to leverage better products and services to both new and existing customers. They are:

  • Software-Defined Networks (SDN’s)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

This new techno-jargon, or actual sales methodology, was coined and developed by AT&T. It is a tool that has been designed to help deliver better software services to subscribers. However, as it was recently announced, AT&T is not alone in this venture as it has signed other telecom partners, as well. These include:

  • Brocade Communications Systems
  • Ciena
  • Cisco
  • Nokia
  • Amdocs
  • Ericsson
  • Metaswitch Networks

Even in the telecom industry, technology is rapidly changing. So, one of the goals of “Domain 2.0” is to keep these aforementioned vendors literally on their toes, in terms of innovation and addressing technical support issues. If not, the chances are very high that another telecom vendor will take over.

According to Krish Prabhu, the current CTO of AT&T, “From a functionality standpoint and usage standpoint an existing vendor has more information that a new vendor coming in . . . But if they decide to stick to their existing business they run the risk of losing the business to a new vendor because the new vendor would be motivated to get the software we’re looking for.”

Given the size and leverage that AT&T and these other telecom vendors have, it is quite likely that “Domain 2.0” will be around for some time to come. The hope is, that we, the subscriber, will soon see better levels of customer service.

GeoTel Communications, LLC, is the leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure data in a geographic information system (GIS) and internet-based spatial technologies for over 15 years. GeoTel takes telecom infrastructure data and makes it tangible. By layering this data in GIS software or by viewing it in one of our web-based platforms, we make it possible to analyze detailed fiber optic maps and other telecom data sets throughout America. These integrated data sets are digitized onto the highest quality street data and aerial imagery available, providing companies and government entities with the leverage and insight necessary to make informed location-based and fiscally sound decisions.

Valerie Stephen