DWC implements a multi-vendor network

Dubai World Central and Smartworld have installed the region’s first multi telecom vendor, 10 Gigabit core network in an MPLS service provider model.

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DWC implements a multi-vendor network Najmul Hussain from Dubai World Central says that DWC is offering a unique cloud model to clients, in which they do not have to pay a telecoms operator to utilise and access cloud services.
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By  Georgina Enzer Published  April 20, 2013

Dubai World Central and Smartworld have installed the region’s first multi telecom vendor, 10 Gigabit core network in an MPLS service provider model.

Dubai World Central, Dubai’s aviation and logistics freezone, has implemented the region’s first vendor-neutral fibre network throughout its 140 square kilometre footprint utilising Smartworld, a next-generation service provider formed as a joint venture between DWC, Etisalat and du. The network allows any one of the hundreds of companies that are based in the city to access the telecoms services they want through the service provider they prefer.

The problem:
Many of the clients in DWC are, and are likely to continue to be, multinationals that will have a lot of peer-to-peer services, which will need a lot of bandwidth. Today, people may talk about 100mBps, but they cannot utilise it. According to Najmul Hussain, programme manager for DWC, it is very possible that some of the companies in DWC will go beyond the 100mbps requirement. This means that the infrastructure that has been laid down should accommodate growth until 2020.

Implementation objective:
DWC is a freezone providing heuristic services to attract businesses, so keeping this in mind DWC decided to build the unique multi-telecom operator infrastructure to support their business in DWC and make it different to other areas. This allows businesses  to have access to all kinds of services with full speeds, and they can choose between multiple service providers.

“Today we have two licensed operators in the UAE; Etisalat and du. Services are distributed in other freezone areas so that the customer has to go with a single provider, but in DWC we can provide the services from both operators, so this will give more flexibility to the customer to choose to have more competition in terms of services, commercial prices and will be more attractive to do business. DWC is the first freezone city that is offering both service providers,” says Luai Bahder, technical director of Smartworld.

Implemented infrastructure:
Smartworld has laid super fast fibre infrastructure, with hundreds of kilometres of fibre cable linking all customers and plots with the multi 10-Gigabit core network in an MPLS service provider model. The network is capable of delivering up to 1 gigabit of bandwidth capacity to an individual office.

“It is not like a normal network, it is service provider MPLS multi 10 Gig core infrastructure, and also we have built a GigE access infrastructure so any customer or tenant in DWC can get GigE fibre to his premises,” says Bahder.

“Today Google in USA is building a GigE infrastructure in Kansas City. Verizon, the USA’s fastest service provider gives up to 150 MB/S to the user. Today Google is building GigE infrastructure in Kansas to be the first city in USA to have this for the end-user. Today we have this in DWC. We have invested over Dh100m just in material to cover the entire network.”

According to Bahder, the reason DWC has implemented GigE infrastructure when Etisalat and Du only provide up to 100mb/s is to cater for future requirements and to allow customers to implement services between multiple service providers.

“Etisalat has just launched 4G or LTE technology, we are ready here in Dubai World Central to host this on our infrastructure any time,” said Bahder.

Implementation problems:
Technical issues:

The first problem that Smartworld had to overcome was how to build the first open-equal access network in the region that would be able to transport services from a licensed operator plus transport the Smartworld community cloud, managed ICT services to the end-user and manage customer identities and the flow of the traffic between individual customers.

“The technical limitations of technology, the VLAN IDs is only 4096 IDs while there are about 2,000 plots in DWC, and the future requirement may be for thousands of tenants in the commercial city, was another problem to overcome. We managed to implement the latest technology to fix this which is the QinQ double tag. We are the first in the region to have QinQ technology,” said Bahder.

QinQ is when each data packet which goes everywhere in DWC, has two VLAN IDs. 4096 multiplied by 4096 equals more than 16 million identities. So DWC can supply more than 16 million services from either Etisalat or Du or future providers.

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