Genesis to collaborate with leading carriers and technology providers in a bid to reduce the cost of cutting edge network technologies via the Telecom Infra Project


Genesis Technical Systems is pleased to announce its membership of the Telecom Infra Project, an engineering focused initiative driven by operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other technology companies that aim to reimagine the traditional approach to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure to enable greater cost efficiencies.

Genesis has developed affordable technologies to address last mile bandwidth access issues for residential, business and mobile applications. The underlying economics of Genesis solutions are fundamental to the business drivers that have been established by the Telecom Infra Project.

The minimal deployment costs associated with Genesis solutions make them hugely attractive for carriers who can quickly realise a return on investment, whilst increasing their average revenue per user (ARPU), and delivering enhanced capabilities to their customers. Genesis trial deployments have delivered significant improvements in multiple applications, in some instances increasing bandwidths from 4 Mb/s to in excess of 100 Mb/s.

A number of global telecommunications companies, also members of the Telecom Infra Project have trialled and evaluated both DSL Rings, the Genesis platform for residential and small cell markets, and mBond for business and mobile backhaul delivery. Genesis is now preparing for subscriber deployments in the UK, US and South America.

The Telecom Infra Project, now in its second year, has grown from five to over 450 members. Although the open technologies it is developing are aimed at cutting the cost of connecting users in developing markets, savvy network operators and in some cases even enterprises will be able to use them to lower costs overall.

To speed up that cycle, the Telecom Infra Project is providing technical assistance to a London-based venture capital fund with US$170 million to invest in start-ups focused on telecom infrastructure, and in partnership with UK operator BT has created its first start-up acceleration centre in Europe.

According to PC World Magazine, Facebook's head of engineering and infrastructure, Jay Parikh, gave reporters a run-down on the project's latest initiatives.

"The UK fund will help entrepreneurs get funded, hire people and build their ideas," Parikh said. "We should see a lot more interest now from entrepreneurs in coming into the telco space."

Many of the technologies that Telecom Infra Project is working on are about connecting subscribers over the "last mile" -- or at least the last few tens of kilometres from the nearest radio transmitter. But, Parikh said, there's another bottleneck that operators need to solve: backhaul. This is the carrying of data between wireless base stations and the core network, and generally involves either point-to-point microwave or laser links, or fibre connections.

The Telecom Infra Project has created three project groups:

  • Access – with subgroups for system integration and site optimisation unbundled solutions and media-friendly solutions
  • Backhaul – there are high-frequency autonomic access and open optical packet transport subgroups
  • Core and management – core network optimisation and green fields telecommunications networks

Genesis looks forward to its future collaboration with Telecom Infra Project members.