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Exclusive Speaker Q&A with SFR

IIR Telecoms & Technology recently spoke with Jamy Rousseau, Wholesale Ethernet & FTTH Product Manager, SFR about his upcoming contribution at the 11th Annual Ethernet World conference and the challenges facing mobile operators going into 2014 and beyond and a lot more. Read on to find out more about our conversation.

1400579886-150x153-speakerAbout Him:

Jamy ROUSSEAU – Wholesale Ethernet & FTTH Product Manager, SFRis in charge of the MEF Certification Program CE 2.0 for SFR, France’s second largest carrier. Since 2013 he has been the MEF representative and also became the MEF-CECP certified.

Graduated with a Master of Science from SUPINFO Paris, Jamy Rousseau began his career working on Wholesale Ethernet Services for Telecom Public Service Delegation & PFI with AXIONE – part of Bouygues Group. He has joined the Wholesale Division of SFR in 2011 to develop his expertise on Ethernet & FTTH Services (Contract with third providers, Process ordering & delivery, Market research, Strategic product). He has almost 10 years of experience in the IT and Telecommunications industries with the knowledge of engineering and marketing. Jamy works closely with vendors and many carriers throughout France & Europe to analyze the trends and develop new Cloud oriented services.

IIR: How do you see changing Enterprise and Cloud service needs changing Ethernet Requirements?
Jamy: Nowadays Enterprise wants flexibility, reliability and cheaper cost solutions for their connectivity to the Internet, their VPN, their Applications and their Data Centres. The different Cloud solutions have emphasized this trend for 8 years in France. Ethernet services are the best answer to unify and simplify the connectivity between various legacy systems of communication (such as SDH and Frame Relay) and the applications. Ethernet technologies are a long term solution for Wholesale Carriers and the Customers of Enterprises.
 
IIR: What is the impact of data centre interconnection on networks and network convergence?
Jamy: We need connection to our IT, anytime and anywhere. To assume this responsibility of a non disrupted service and performance delivery, Operators securized their Data Centres and Enterprises are looking for the best place to store their Cloud applications and documents. In this context, the Data Centre is the first step of the convergence: you can buy bandwidth, IP transit, Cloud storage, VoIP, resiliency to another Data Center… It contributes to an increase in revenue of the different player the platform.
 
IIR: What will be the impact of SDN on IP networks and what are the implications for Carrier Ethernet?
Jamy: In a few years time, SDN promises to speed up the deployment of a Ethernet connection, thanks to the service automation from the order by the customer to the delivery. It will be possible to imagine some new models of revenue as bandwidth on demand and class on demand. SDN is perfect for reducing the time to market, for increasing the revenue of the operator and for keeping within the margin.
The other strength of SDN is the visibility and the control end to end of connection thanks to a SOAM API (Service Operations, Administration and Management). The standardization through a SDN API could abolish the boundaries between networks and vendors.

IIR: Do you think there is a business case for Carrier Ethernet 2.0?
Jamy: YES ABSOLUTELY! Carrier Ethernet 2.0 defines the standardization of Ethernet not only for Enterprise Services but also for Wholesale Service with E-ACCESS.

CE 2.0 gives a frame of common vocabulary and concept for Carrier Ethernet Technologies to the Operators which are based in different countries (i.e. barrier language). It will make your life easier when you have to build E-NNI with many third providers and will keep the cost down of your process of RFP!

CE 2.0 enables the monitoring performance for your customers with a vision end to end. Certainly, you’ll have some real objective results to assume your SLA.

IIR: What are the main challenges in launching and selling a portfolio of Ethernet services?
Jamy: The first biggest challenge in launching Ethernet, is in reducing the time between the order, and the delivery by automation systems on a wide area (near net coverage or third provider coverage).

The second one, is in delivering a flexible service with SLA guarantee. We need to be capable of following the requirements of our clients driven by the usages of their applications.

The third one, is in helping our customers in their transition from their legacy connectivity to Carrier Ethernet connectivity: certainly it will not be easy to “wake up” your final customer with a TDM access which works well!

IIR: What do you hope to achieve in attending Ethernet World 2014?
One of my goals is to raise the Carrier Ethernet 2.0 for non specialists and to explain they won’t necessarily miss the boat! The time is now

The second one is to meet some Providers which already implement SDN/NFV solutions in their network and asked them what were the difficulties? Did they receive the promise of the growing revenue that’s they hoped for ?
                
SFR is really active in MEF France and it’s great honour that’s the Ethernet World 2014 is taking place in Nice. I’m sure this Congress Ethernet World 2014 will be an excellent moment to exchange with Operators and Vendors from around the world about the future of Carrier Ethernet.

At the upcoming 11th Annual Ethernet World Congress, Jamy will present an exclusive Outline the SFR CE2.0 Deployment. For more details on his presentation, download the conference brochure.

The event is FREE-to-Attend for Operators, click here to register.