Deutsche Telekom selects Netcracker for network automation

Deutsche Telekom selects Netcracker for network automation

11 October 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Netcracker has been selected by Deutsche Telekom Germany for its network and service automation initiative. 

Under the terms of the collaboration, Netcracker’s Network Domain Orchestration solution will enable Deutsche Telekom to automate multi-domain network discovery and visualisation, multi-layer traffic optimisation, IP and optical backbone provisioning as well as multi-vendor network orchestration.

By digitising these complex functions, Deutsche Telekom will gain end-to-end network insight, automate complex service provisioning processes and massively reduce cost and labour.

“It is an honour to be chosen by Deutsche Telekom from more than a dozen competitors and to have an opportunity to deliver end-to-end network automation that will play a catalysing role in one of the most ambitious network automation projects in the industry,” said Bob Titus (pictured), chief technology officer at Netcracker Technology.

The solution is to be delivered in phases, starting by automating network discovery and visualisation to gain end-to-end network insights. This will lay the foundation to automate IP and optical trunk provisioning. 

“A combination of innovation, solution quality and ability to work using Agile/DevOps in a collaborative fashion demonstrated Netcracker’s value as a strategic partner as we work together to revolutionize the way network services are delivered through end-to-end automation,” added Rainer Steege, VP IP Core at Deutsche Telekom.

In the network, Netcracker’s Network Domain Orchestration solution will integrate dozens of IP devices and SDN controllers from more than five different major hardware vendors. This level of automation is expected to reduce provisioning time and effort by more than half. In the future, this program will include adding intelligent network planning and simulation as well as enhancing service assurance with AI.

Netcracker’s ability to work with DT using a collaborative approach based on Agile methodology and DevOps processes proved significant in its selection. To automate such a broad range of processes and to deliver multi-vendor orchestration requires an interaction among teams. By working collaboratively, the customer’s knowledge of its business is combined with the strategic partner’s skills and experience. The result is a solution that suits its users and the business while automating network services in truly novel ways.