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MSPP (multiservice provisioning platform)

MSPPs enable service providers to offer customers new bundled services at the transport, switching and routing layers of the network, and they dramatically decrease the time it takes to provision new services while improving the flexibility of adding, migrating or removing customers.

These provisioning platforms allow service providers to simplify their edge networks by consolidating the number of separate boxes needed to provide intelligent optical access. They drastically improve the efficiency of SONET networks for transporting multiservice traffic.

The platforms also reduce the number of network management systems needed, and decrease the resources needed to install, provision and maintain the network.

MSPPs are very complex systems, involving a variety of hardware and software technologies, millions of lines of code and a range of functionality. Each vendor's approach is unique and optimized to solve a specific set of problems.

Because MSPPs are close to the customer, they must interface with a variety of customer premises equipment and handle a range of physical interfaces. Most vendors support telephony interfaces (DS-1, DS-3), optical interfaces (OC-3, OC-12), and Ethernet interfaces (10/100Base-T). DSL and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces may also be offered.

From MSPP technology matures, Network World Tech Update, 10/02/00.


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