Case Study about Capacity Planning In A telecommunications Network
Overview: Satisfying the demand in a timely fashion is a critical task in any company. In a service sector like telecommunications where sold information transmission units cannot be stored in inventory or cannot be backordered, having appropriate capacity to fulfill all demand becomes crucial. In order to achieve this goal, not only a well designed planning system but a sound capacity expansion strategy is necessary. In this paper, capacity planning in a telecommunications network is studied through the novel application of inventory control techniques aiming to meet the demand to a certain service level.
Introduction: A telecommunications system typically consists of a physical infrastructure through which information is transported from a source to a destination. Among the most important types, information comprises data and voice (Veerasamy and Venkatesant, 1999). A telecommunications network is generally formed by a series of workstations, coordinated by servers and a variable group of autonomous devices, such as routers and switches. An illustrative example of a telecommunications network can be seen in Figure 1. Each active device that intervenes in the communication in an autonomous fashion is called ‘a node’. All nodes communicate among each other directly through information transportation networks.
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