MTNL To Deploy Routers Developed By IIT-Bombay

 The Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited has signed an agreement with the Electronic Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL) to deploy Carrier Ethernet Switch Routers (CESRs) in Mumbai. The CESRs are manufactured by ECIL under license from IIT Bombay.

At a ceremony held at IIT Bombay, MTNL and ECIL signed a MOU to deploy indigenous CESRs in 8 sites across Mumbai. This is perhaps the first occasion where a carrier-class technology developed at an academic institution finds way to a tier-1 provider in India in the transport network.

The salient features of these CESRs is that these will provide for excellent service oriented communications and form the backbone of future next generation telecommunication services such as leased services, software defined networking and secure communications. Conceptualized, developed at IIT Bombay, the CESRs are now manufactured by ECIL. The CESRs have an all-time low 1-microsecond port-to-port latency that makes them fastest in the business.

The low latency also translates to low power consumption and small foot-print. Being indigenous the CESRs provide an additional level of security keeping customer data safe and secure.MTNL will deploy the CESRs in 8-sites across the island city of Mumbai in an interconnected ring topology. From each site, MTNL will offer carrier-class services to enterprise customers, government agencies and other bodies.

These services would include Ethernet, leased lines and MPLS network access from 10 Mbps to 10Gbps. The backbone of the network that would interconnect the CESRs will consist of 10Gbps links that would route Carrier Ethernet and Optical Transport Network (OTN) packets. The excellent latency, low energy consumption will be new features that would be brought out by MTNL for customers across the city of Mumbai.Presiding over the signing ceremony, Prof.

Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay commented that the deployment of IIT Bombay licensed technology would set a new benchmark in technology adoption from the IIT system to industry. It must also be noted that MTNL has deployed an earlier version of the CESRs in their data center since May 2011.

Prof. Khakhar commended the visionary leadership of MTNL and thanked its Executive Director Shri. Peeyush Agrawal for taking this critical step forward towards indigenization.CMD ECIL, Shri. P. Sudhakar commented on the occasion stating that ECIL was proud to have collaborated with IIT Bombay to bring this technology to the market. He also thanked MTNL for giving this opportunity to deploy the CESRs in MTNL’s network.