Modular GbE platform enables 'triple play' in MDUs

March 30, 2006 Eatontown, NJ -- Amedia Networks has introduced its MDUstream platform, aimed at telephone companies seeking to provide "triple play services" within multiple dwelling units (MDUs) while employing the premises' existing cabling infrastructure.

Mar 30th, 2006

March 30, 2006 Eatontown, NJ -- Amedia Networks has introduced its MDUstream platform, aimed at telephone companies seeking to provide "triple play services" within multiple dwelling units (MDUs).

The company says the platform allows service providers to deliver voice over IP, broadband data, and IP Video services over optical fiber to a building complex, and to further distribute such services to individual living units via existing intra-building telephone wires or other media. The company says the platform is designed to eliminate the need for disruptive and expensive re-cabling of such buildings in order for telephone companies to provide subscribers with triple play services.

The modular MDUstream platform terminates standard Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectivity on a newly released version of Amedia's AS5000 system, providing symmetrical 100-Mbit/sec capacity to individual living units. Operating in a basement, roof-top or other location within a building, the platform distributes bandwidth over existing media, including telephone wires (using VDSL2) as well as fiber-optic and CAT 5 cabling, while also supporting 802.11b/g wireless routing.

The platform's modular design allows service providers to incur only the costs associated with the line cards necessary to serve an MDU's current residents. Further, a newly released version of the company's PG1000 Premises Gateway in each unit can be used to integrate all of the functions of a VDSL2 modem, a broadband router, a wireless access point, a telephone access point, and LAN.

Incorporating the company's QoStreamT service quality management, the platform provides video IPTV multicasting for broadcast and PPV channels "right at the MDU," and can be configured with diverse GbE routing and distributed backup DC power to enable high service availability.

Amedia says the MDUstream platform enables service providers to offer the same service capabilities to subscribers living in MDUs as are offered in FTTH deployments, but over existing copper lines or other media already in place within the MDU.

"We believe that our solution will help carriers address one of the more competitive areas that they are likely to encounter in their triple play roll-out plans," concludes Frank Galuppo, president and CEO of Amedia "This segment, the MDUs, is too large and too significant to leave on the table for very long."

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