Service to prioritize traffic on converged networks

BT today launched a new service which allows business customers to prioritize their voice, multimedia and data traffic as they run simultaneously over converged networks.

The service guarantees the performance of applications by prioritizing communications into six distinct classes of service.

Current Analysis analyst Sandra O'Boyle said intelligent networks that can assign priority to critical applications is becoming more important as businesses start to run time-sensitive voice and video over MPLS IP VPNs.

"It will appeal to customers that require strong guarantees from service providers that critical IP applications will perform well before they hand over the keys to their network," O'Boyle said.

The new product integrates the DSCP industry standard to help meet customers differing quality of service (QoS) requirements.

DSCP is tailored specifically for modern networks and enhances QoS solutions by enabling customers to choose the performance level needed on a per-packet basis by marking the DSCP field within the packet IP header to a specific value.

BT global products vice president Aaron McCormack said more companies are exploring advanced IP voice and video communications.

"Customers can fine-tune their network to meet the needs of their voice and data applications, and can opt to have a dedicated multimedia class to support video," he said.

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