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Kazakhstan Goes Green

December 17, 2009 - 1 Comment

This holiday season, Kazakhstan will be seeing green in many ways. Savings from using integrated IP and optical technologies in the core mean valuable dollars are conserved. Reducing equipment in the network means less power, cooling and rack space leading to lower carbon emissions.

KazakhtelecomThe technology underlying all these benefits is the one Cisco pioneered in December 2005: IP over DWDM (or IPoDWDM). Simply put, by integrating IP and Optical layers in the network with IPoDWDM, providers can kill two birds with one stone: save expenses and cut carbon footprint. Kazakhtelecom joins the chorus of providers who have selected IPoDWDM for their networks – six of top twenty global SPs, over twenty SPs globally. Several of them like Free (France), Netia (Poland), CESNET (Czech), Sprint (US), T-Com (Europe), Comcast (US) have been expanding their infrastructure on IPoDWDM for some time now. Additionally the world’s largest gaming festival (Dreamhack in Sweden) used IPoDWDM on the CRS-1 two years back.

Earlier this month, Kazakhtelecom announced their deployment of IP NGN based on IPoDWDM technology. They are deploying IP/MPLS for routing packets on CRS-1 platform and DWDM for optical transport on ONS15454 MSTP in the core. The CRS-1 platform includes integrated optical transponder, saving on external racks of equipment that would have had to undertake this function. As their CTO says, “It enables simple maintenance, high reliability and scalability.”

The first decade of the 21st century will soon be over. It’s likely to be the warmest on record since record-keeping began in 1850. So while heads of states are meeting in Copenhagen for an agreement on climate change to supersede the Kyoto protocol treaty, Kazakhstanis are already doing their bit by deploying green technologies like IPoDWDM.

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  1. It takes a lot more than using energy efficient devices to go green. I believe it is more a movement driven by core values to do something right for the environment rather than economical motivation. Kazakhstan is still moving in the right direction though by paying attention to their carbon footprint. Only if they could use wind power rather than all of the oil they are drilling. That would be a monumental change. They have good wind resources too.