How Taj Implemented Future Ready GPON Converged Network .......DONE

Providing best of class services in hotels has always been a factor of pride for TAJ. As a leader in hospitality in India, they have always been first to deliver high end quality to their customers in all areas of hospitality, including IT services. With Internet becoming an amenity and with number of individual internet devices increasing day by day, it was important for them to deliver high bandwidths over highly scalable networks along with various IT service in the guest rooms. 'With our displays getting HD, surveillance becoming IP based, building management system becoming IP based along with demand of seamless access to hotel systems, it was a challenge to implement and manage different networks to take the load,' says Vipil Gupta, Director - IT, TAJ. The team did a lot of design deliberations and recommended FTTR technology (Fibre to the Room) and have a Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and having converged networks to cater all demands over one single network which is high on bandwidth, low on complexity, easy to maintain, and low on cost. Finally, they implemented the proposed solution that met all their requirements. The company faced several challenges to deploy the solution. 'Lack of knowledge of GPON among the available OEMs in India is one, says Gupta. 'Non-availability of competent and experienced system integrators was another challenge for us, he adds. Additionally, solution and service providers were sceptical to bring their systems over a converged network. Delivering this in a short time with low budget was also a potential barrier for them. The team roped in best OEMs and SIs to help in-house R&D team to create a prototype and creating a basic BoM for Passive and Active which can give a workable solution at low cost. The team tested each and very system/application over converged network and finalized the total BOM on the basis of learning during the POC. Adequate configuration changed in active devices were made to deliver required bandwidth to each service component. The cost incurred to the development and implementation of the project was 1 crore, says Gupta.  The benefits they achieved were many including the network which can be upgraded to 10G without much effort and cost. Convergence of voice, video and data on the same network was another advantage along with the OLT/ONT based network which has lots of built-in security features. Overall, this helped reduce cost by 20%.    

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