CMC Networks - Africa’s 1st M2M Next-generation SDx Network

Network operators need efficient ways to deliver new services and innovative methods for the network to learn and connect services to consumers, notably multiple business applications. Networks must be service-oriented to support todays (and tomorrow’s) networking requirements.

CMC’s Rapid Adaptive Network (C-RAN ™) was designed with this in mind; it connects 51 African countries to regional data centres, key cloud providers and global interconnection locations. CMC partnered with RedVine and 128Technology to deploy Africa’s first “Tunnel Free” software defined core network. This SDN core network, coupled with a custom-built programmable portal, allows customers to manage their SD-WAN and also deploy Virtual Network Functions using our C-RAN™ uCPE for true zero touch provisioning.

By mid-2020, CMC will be enabling Services and Topology Exchange Protocol (STEP) across the core network, marking an industry first in Artificial intelligence.
Geoff Dornan, CTO for CMC Networks comments, “STEP enables the C-RAN™ network to learn the current status of the entire telemetry of the network in real time. This allows the C-RAN™ eco-system to autonomously select and keep application traffic on paths that meet the demands of that application’s SLA. Our application aware infrastructure results in superior end-user experience”.

“With native inbuilt Analytics and Heuristics, STEP provides service and network information in the C-RAN™ Repository. This can be used to generate heat maps to pinpoint faults and congestion. With network state information being learnt over time, the AI capabilities of STEP can predict congestions and outages ahead of time and make the necessary path selection decisions. This reduces time to maintain and debug the network, notably due to the absence of any static tunnels. Proactive fault prediction enables a self-healing network” added Dornan.
Marisa Trisolino, CEO of CMC Networks adds, “The STEP Protocol enables our award-winning C-RAN™ platform to dynamically learn connectivity and service information. It is simple, efficient, secure, and reliable. It can be extended to include other relevant information that can enable intelligent decision making within our network. STEP provides a solution that enables true intent-based networking by allowing routers to learn business services and the ability to connect our customers to those business services efficiently.”

Trisolino continues, “CMC’s C-RAN™ platform is compliant with PCI, FIPS, GDPR, POPI, HIPAA and other global standards. CMC also recently received MEF certification for SD-WAN over satellite. No other provider can offer a Pan-African SDN platform which offers this level of compliance and interoperability”.



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