Quantum Bridge Communications enhances Optical Access System

Feb. 8, 2001
Quantum Bridge Communications, Inc., a developer of optical access networking solutions, announced new enhancements to its Optical Access System that allow service providers to improve overall network efficiency and maximize revenue opportunity by unifying their access networks at the metro edge.

Quantum Bridge Communications, Inc., a developer of optical access networking solutions, announced new enhancements to its Optical Access System that allow service providers to improve overall network efficiency and maximize revenue opportunity by unifying their access networks at the metro edge. Reflecting the immediate requirements of service providers actively deploying today's Optical Access Networks, these new features-ATM networking, ATM/TDM gateway, and dedicated high bandwidth services-are the result of more than a years worth of customer experience.

Advanced TelCom Group (ATG), a facilities-based Integrated Communications Provider (ICP) headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, is among Quantum Bridge's current customers and trial partners who are evaluating the latest release of the Quantum Bridge Optical Access System.

The newest release of the QB5000 Optical Access Switch (OAS) reduces costs and streamlines service provider networks by incorporating ATM switching capabilities that allow it to act as a stand-alone metro edge switch or to work in conjunction with an optical access network. When used in conjunction with the Quantum Bridge Optical Access System, this feature eliminates the need for a separate ATM edge switch in the PoP or headend, allowing carriers to significantly reduce the capital and maintenance costs required to build optical access and metro networks.

With the inclusion of a new OC-3 TDM interface, the QB5000 OAS provides seamless interworking between ATM and TDM access and metro networks through a standard circuit WAN interface, which is interoperable with embedded SONET transport, Digital Cross-connect Systems (DCS) and Class 5 switches. This new feature provides carriers with a way to maximize the efficiency of their access and metro networks by grooming voice and data traffic between ATM and TDM networks.

The addition of a new OC-3 ATM interface to the QB5000 OAS broadens the addressable market for carriers provisioning optical services by now allowing them to provide dedicated wavelength services to customers with "high-cap" bandwidth demands. This interface allows seamless connection to a host of service devices including Integrated Access Devices (IADs) and Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers (DSLAMs), empowering service providers to deliver a broad range of new services. In addition, this OC-3 ATM interface can be used as a WAN interface from the OAS into the metro network.

About Quantum Bridge Communications:

Quantum Bridge Communications, headquartered in Andover, Mass., is a provider of optical access systems designed to address the bandwidth bottlenecks in today's access networks. The Quantum Bridge Optical Access System has been designed to meet the stringent network requirements of service providers. For more information, visit www.quantumbridge.com.