PacketFront launches gigabit Active Ethernet FTTH line

FEBRUARY 9, 2010 -- PacketFront has introduced new end-to-end equipment for gigabit Active Ethernet FTTH networks. The new systems include the MetroStar 3000 series of access switches and the DRG 700 series of next-generation customer premises equipment (CPE).

FEBRUARY 9, 2010 -- PacketFront has introduced new end-to-end equipment for gigabit Active Ethernet FTTH networks. The new systems include the MetroStar 3000 series of access switches and the DRG 700 series of next-generation customer premises equipment (CPE).

The MetroStar 3000 is purpose-built for FTTH networks and offers what PacketFront describes as “an advanced feature set for service enforcement of broadband services.” The MetroStar 3000 is designed to provide the functionality required in broadband networks for triple-play service delivery without the cost of current high-end switches.

Meanwhile, based on PacketFront’s fiber termination unit, the new DRG 700 CPE comes in a number of different models with Layer 2 switched as well as Layer 3 routed operation, including a firewall for the FTTH customer’s home. In addition to four LAN ports, the DRG 700 has a USB port and options for WiFi, VoIP telephony, and CATV including premium TV-channel filters to act as the communications center of the connected home.

Both the MetroStar 3000 and the DRG 700 are managed using PacketFront’s control and provisioning system, BECS.

PacketFront says customers will begin rollouts of the equipment this spring.

“Our customers are increasingly asking for a gigabit solution to service their premium end users and our Gig-to-the-Home solution allows operators to add true gigabit functionality where they need it in the network,’ says Johnny Hedlund, vice president of product management at PacketFront.

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