TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

 

AUTOMATIC SWITCHED OPTICAL NETWORK (ASON) PROJECT

 

Client Scope

 

Client to build a new global ASON network. This would comprise Alcatel 1660SM optical multi-service nodes to be installed at sites in  London, Paris, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Zurich, Madrid, Milan, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Singapore and Hong Kong. Alcatel 1678 metro cross-connect equipment would be installed at various locations in London along with BTI Systems MD-40 DWDM mux/demux equipment.

 

To go with this project, a new primary reference clock (PRC) was required at the main customer location in London.

 

Outcome

 

Liaised with data centre, telehouse and colocation providers to agree space, power and connectivity requiremnts at each location. Co-ordinated equipment deliveries and BOM's with Alcatel Lucent and BTI Systems. All equipment and materials delivered into London HQ and distributed from there to international locations.

 

Produced project plans for all works taking care when scheduling work in different time zones around the world. This was particularly important for works requiring an outage during an engineering window.

In-house UK resource used for on-site works in London and parts of Europe. Elsewhere, a combination of third party integrators and managed services provided by the location owners, used.

All network management activities/configurations were controlled by the NOC based in Singapore and supported by Alcatel Lucent and BTI Systems. This arrangement was set up at project inception.

Regarding synchronisation, worked with Chronos Technologies to install a GPS antenna and related timing equipment. This provided a Stratum 1 quality primary reference clock..

Chaired weekly meetings and conference calls to review and update progress. Arranged training courses for technical staff at Alcatel and BTI facilities in France and Canada respectively. The project was successfully delivered in September 2011.