Operators now have an urgent need to retire their legacy SDH/SONET networks and migrate their legacy TDM services onto a modern packet network.  IP Wave has the technology with field proven processes and experience to make this migration seamless and risk-free.

Circuit Emulation Services (CES) is a method by which a TDM circuit (such as T1/E1 and SONET/SDH) is "tunneled" through a packet-switched network (PSN). This "tunneling" is transparent to the end user. An interworking function on each end of the PSN encapsulates the TDM data, creating packets on ingress and reversing the process on egress.
Ribbon’s Neptune platforms offer elegant end-to-end CES services solutions, provided on both smart SFP pluggables and service cards and able to support SAToP, CESoPSN and CEP. With proven migration expertise in many different solutions environments, Ribbon is able to make the migration process smooth and risk-free.

Circuit Emulation Services


Packet Switch Network Diagram

TDM Aggregation

In this application the TDM aggregation network and the Packet Switched Network (PSN) are independent from each other. The TDM aggregation network is used to convert the TDM traffic into packet. This is then aggregated and handed off to the Packet Switched Network. The TDM aggregation network uses CES technology which can be provided by pluggables or CES service cards inserted into Neptune multi-access edge and aggregation platforms, depending on rates and density required. The PSN is the network operators existing network, and Ribbon has proven interworking with all the major IP network vendors.

Packet Switch Network Diagram

Voice Trunk Migration

Voice Trunk migration requires the ability to:

  • Interconnect voice switches
  • Eliminate the TDM/SDH/SONET network
  • Leverage Ethernet and MPLS efficiency
  • Provide equivalent or better availability, resilience, and OAM than the legacy SDH/SONET network

Ribbon’s voice trunk migration solution uses standards-based circuit emulation (CES) approaches (SAToP and CESoPSN) to enable it to support all of the functionality required for voice trunks:

  • E1/DS1/DS3 hand-off
  • STM-N/OC-N hand-off to the voice gateway
  • 50ms protection switching
  • 10ms failure detection
  • Voice-grade Quality of Service (QoS)

Where required, deterministic packet transport protocols such as Segment Routing (SR), MPLS-TP, or RSVP-TE can be used. This new network is fully interoperable with existing IP routing and DWDM networks.


Packet Switch Network Diagram

Legacy Service Migration

Historically, many enterprises leased SDH/SONET connectivity from service providers for their TDM traffic. However, IP/Ethernet is now ubiquitous for services and applications, with MPLS as the WAN transport technology. With the dramatic cost, footprint and power  reduction offered by MPLS over SDH/SONET, if enterprises migrate their TDM services to run on these MPLS networks they can dramatically reduce their leased connectivity costs.

Circuit emulation provides the mechanism to achieve this, with direct E1/DS1, DS3, and STM-1/4, OC-3/12 interfaces allowing existing services to be connected directly to the packet network. The packet network is able to provide a variety of resilience options, allowing it to achieve the same level or better service resilience than was provided by the legacy SDH/SONET network:

  • G.8032v1: Recommended for access protection
  • MC-LAG (Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation Group): Allows the traffic to be shared over multiple chassis, as well as providing redundancy in the event one of the chassis fail
  • LDP (Label Distribution Protocol): Used to provide end to end protection

Moving to a packet network has the added advantage of simplifying enterprise access. Running the SDH/SONET services on the packet network gives operators the opportunity to consolidate all enterprise services onto a single CPE, simplifying the expenses and complexity associated with running two networks. In addition, transitioning services from SDH/SONET to IP becomes far simpler for the Enterprise


Legacy Service Migration