Cybernet recently awarded a $25MM contract to Juniper Networks to upgrade its core IP network to support MPLS switching.
MPLS networks are almost common now in Pakistan — telcos would use them to offer tiers of quality of service on their networks for different consumer packages (e.g. ‘voice quality network for VoIP’; ‘Internet best-effort quality network’ etc.). Most LDI operators have them.
MPLS lets Cybernet decide how to prioritize different types of traffic on its network. Cybernet is one of the companies I would not have expected to think about MPLS or NGN networks, and I find this odd.
Unless they have a fixed-telephony license from PTA, they cannot offer VoIP to consumers like WorldCall is doing on its cable network, and Micronet is doing under the Nayatel FTTH project in Islamabad, and — err — what Wateen is doing with FTTx in DHA Lahore, and …well… Brain is offering in Lahore. Not to mention the actual telcos ofcourse.
I like to think people don’t jump on bandwagons. So if it is not VoIP, the best (consumer-based) reason that I can figure for this investment (without delving into NDA territory) is perhaps Cybernet wants to go the anti-net-neutrality route. That means two things:
- Cybernet guarantees better QoS for corporate customers who host their applications on Cybernet data-centers. Thus, if you are a big company that can afford it, you can easily squash your smaller competitors because of guaranteed delivery of packets.
- Cybernet offers tiered services for different types of internet usage for customers. So if you’re a gaming-heavy person, or person who loves Torrents, you get to pay more.
OR maybe all of this is just meant to offer ‘better internet’ for Corporate Customers.
Can anyone shed more light on this?