Business Models for Next Generation Transport Networks

Business Models for Next Generation Transport Networks Control plane technologies will play a major role in next generation transport networks. Many publications and standards claim that approaches like Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) and Automatically Switched Optical Networks/Transport Networks (ASON/ASTN) will simplify network operation and will enable new services. In this paper, an approach is presented to analyze the business processes of transport network operators. The main operator processes are mapped to the well-known value chain concepts of Porter. This allows investigating the advantages of control plane technologies from an economic point of view. This paper shows that the introduction of control plane technology affects the business of the individual operators as well as the overall value system they form as a virtual enterprise. Moreover new business opportunities are identified and two business cases are presented. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Photonic Network Communications Springer Journals

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Computer Science; Computer Communication Networks; Electrical Engineering; Characterization and Evaluation of Materials
ISSN
1387-974X
eISSN
1572-8188
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11107-005-3491-z
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Abstract

Control plane technologies will play a major role in next generation transport networks. Many publications and standards claim that approaches like Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) and Automatically Switched Optical Networks/Transport Networks (ASON/ASTN) will simplify network operation and will enable new services. In this paper, an approach is presented to analyze the business processes of transport network operators. The main operator processes are mapped to the well-known value chain concepts of Porter. This allows investigating the advantages of control plane technologies from an economic point of view. This paper shows that the introduction of control plane technology affects the business of the individual operators as well as the overall value system they form as a virtual enterprise. Moreover new business opportunities are identified and two business cases are presented.

Journal

Photonic Network CommunicationsSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 21, 2005

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