The TELUS Next Generation Network
(NGN) project is an industry-leading engineering
accomplishment by TELUS
involving conception, planning, design and implementation
of a carrier-class single IP-based network to carry
all forms of communications traffic, including voice,
data and video. TELUS’ NGN provides the infrastructure
required to reduce TELUS’ network costs while
bringing a variety of enhanced capabilities and services
to customers. Eventually it will eliminate the need
for separate networks for voice, data and entertainment
services. In 2003, TELUS completed the network infrastructure
and has been migrating voice traffic onto the network.
The TELUS NGN project represents
a turning point for the industry, away from circuit-based
for telephone services to packet-based networks designed
for all forms of information and communication services.
The significance and impact to society over time will
be as great as was the transition from analog to digital
some 30 years ago. The uniqueness of this project is
in TELUS’ industry-leading development and execution
of a holistic strategy while others are only now realizing
this is the way to go.
There are very few places in the world where commercial
long-distance traffic is traveling over an IP network
designed to deliver carrier-class voice quality and
reliability. This makes TELUS one of the first incumbent
telecommunications companies world-wide to achieve
this industry-leading accomplishment.
This project was substantially conceived, planned
and engineered by APEGGA members. In addition, Alberta
staff and resources were used for a significant portion
of the implementation. Although the TELUS NGN is a
national network, a significant portion of the network
can be found in Alberta.