Mumbai readies itself to evolve as the first Indian city to have high-end indigenous Carrier Ethernet Switch Routers (CESR) capable of routing leased services, software-defined networking and secure communications. MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd) is to deploy these routers in eight sites across the city, for which it inked an MoU with the Electronic Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL). The company shall be developing these routers under license from IIT-Bombay.
The CESRs come with one-microsecond port-to-port latency, making them the fastest in their category. Low latency indicates lesser power usage and a smaller foot-print. And as these routers are indigenous, they’ll even pack in an extra level of security to safeguard the user data. State-run MTNL aims to render carrier-class services like Ethernet, leased lines and MPLS network access from 10-100 GBps to government, enterprises and others via CESRs. 10 GBps links that route carrier Ethernet and optical network packets form the base of this network.