As BT lumber towards 21CN Gamma Telecom is in the process of transferring its customers’ voice traffic across to its new IP core network. Gamma’s existing network, which spans across the UK from Dundee to Plymouth, carries an average of 450 million voice minutes per month.
Bob Falconer, CEO at Gamma, says “the transformation of the network began earlier this year when we started to transfer TDM traffic across to our IP core. So far, this has been hugely successful. Changing the legacy network has been enormously complex and maintaining continuity of current service offerings throughout the transfer has been critical”
The company has been preparing for this transition since the end of 2004, by progressively replacing the core-switching network with ‘Next Generation’ technology. So far, the time and planning put into this project has paid off and the feedback Gamma has received indicates a 100% success rate with the traffic that has been transferred across to the new IP core.
Falconer concluded: “The transition to IP telephony has become inevitable, and we didn’t want to wait and see how and when BT would complete the 21CN. Our strategy is to change our core network to NGN/IP now so that we can start to offer our resellers and their SME customers the immediate benefits. We now have the opportunity to create a new, broader portfolio of services with increased functionality, based on delivering added value for the end-user. It will also, in the long run, reduce operational costs within the industry.”