5.2. Business and Technological Challenges

The CORE application development team was faced with a number of critical challenges, from both business and technical standpoints. Its ability to handle these challenges was key to the success of the solution.

5.2.1. Business Problem

Major legislative and competitive changes in the telecommunications industry led AT&T Unisource to seek significant reductions in off-net voice traffic costs. To do this, it needed the ability to reconfigure network switched routing tables regularly—monthly or even daily. The CORE system was proposed to provide a real-time routing configuration environment supporting both least-cost routing (LCR) and optimal-cost routing (OCR). LCR is to the voice network routing what Hotspot ...

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