is this Project about
The Always On concept
is a powerful one as it represents a potentially major change in the TelCos approach to
network design and provision. As Internet access and use increases Always On
may be a natural evolution of todays networks. Always On is also likely
to impact upon the TelCos business models, for example charging for network use may change
from time charging to network resource use charging, similar to use of power from the
electricity grid. This approach will become important as the number of networked smart
The nearest analogy to Always On is the home or business LAN, which once you are logged onto will provide the user with continuous access to e-mail, software updates, etc, without the user having to make specific requests. Similarly the ISDN D Channel provides an open channel for the network to communicate with devices on the ISDN bus, similar capabilities exist with DSL, UMTS and PON technologies.
The Always On concept could be divided into three main sub-categories:
Service and application: Available for the TelCo with Always On bit transport is a new service feature, the ability to integrate together customers devices and activities at geographically different ports via a personalized virtual network. Such a virtual network may provide a permanent application environment upon which TelCos can offer the customer personalized networked services and applications.
Note: The work on the Always-On concept will be continued in P1003.