Viatel have announced this morning that they will be participating in a trial by BT Wholesale to test quality of service (QoS) functionality on the WBC (Wholesale Broadband Connect) and WBMC (Wholesale Broadband Managed Connect) platforms. QoS gives service providers a way to prioritise specific traffic to ensure that bandwidth is always available for specific types of traffic such as voice over IP (VoIP). Viatel who are a business communications provider have also been involved with the design phase of the product, feeding back to BT data to help them specify how the product might perform in use.
"Today shared broadband in Britain cannot be relied upon to deliver the speed and latency required for particular business critical applications including converged voice communications using VoIP and other time critical services. Implementation of RT QoS will lead to a situation in which bandwidth can be dedicated to an individual line and will therefore never be subject to the effects of contention. The eventual deployment of this technology will be a major breakthrough in the viability of shared broadband for business and we are obviously very excited to be one of the few companies involved with this trial.
At present, businesses that cannot risk using contended services are limited to using more expensive offerings like leased lines, Ethernet or even dedicated broadband lines. RT QoS removes the effects of contention by adding the ability to dedicate a quantity of bandwidth to specific subscribers or applications. The amount of bandwidth that can be dedicated to a particular line can range from 100kbps up to nearly 5Mbps depending on line type and performance. With this service customers will enjoy enhanced management of their networks and will be able to make prioritisation decisions based on key SLA metrics of Latency, Packet Loss and Jitter. Once released RT QoS will be available on any 21 CN ADSL2+, Annex M, FTTC or FTTP line and will revolutionise the use of shared broadband for businesses in the UK."Steve Powell, (Product Manager of Connectivity and Access) Viatel
The technical trial will begin in October and will be followed by a customer trial that will run until early 2011 with plans to launch it as live product option later in 2011.