SureWest selects ADTRAN Total Access 5000 for Carrier Ethernet

JULY 13, 2009 -- ADTRAN says its offerings allow reuse of the existing TDM network to enable advanced Ethernet services.

JULY 13, 2009 -- Independent communications holding company SureWest Communications has selected ADTRAN's (search Lightwave for ADTRAN) Total Access 5000 Carrier Ethernet access platform and NetVanta 800 Series of intelligent network termination units (NTUs) to deliver Ethernet services to business customers in its Sacramento, CA market.

ADTRAN says its products will allow SureWest's operating subsidiaries to offer Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-compliant services such as Ethernet Private Line (E-Line) and Ethernet LAN (E-LAN) to their customers efficiently by leveraging the facilities and equipment that already exist at customer locations.

"SureWest selected ADTRAN's Ethernet access solution because of its ability to deliver Ethernet over TDM (EoTDM) services across our existing network infrastructure," says Scott Barber, SureWest's vice president and general manager of operations in California. "By placing the Total Access 5000 in appropriate points of presence within our network, we can offer advanced Ethernet services ubiquitously across our existing network infrastructure. When you consider the fact that the platform also supports Ethernet over copper and Ethernet over fiber, along with other business and residential access applications, we expect the Total Access 5000 will provide us with the right migration strategy toward extending our Ethernet infrastructure."

The access platform combines with the NTUs to provide a scalable end-to-end Ethernet system. By bonding together traditional TDM DS-1 and DS-3 circuits per the ITU-T G.998.2 standard, ADTRAN says its offerings provide a cost-effective, low-overhead, fault-tolerant EoTDM alternative to MLPPP technologies. The entire system enables traffic management, quality-of-service, and measurement capabilities that allow carriers to offer flexible service-level agreement (SLA)-based services to their end customers. Resiliency and redundancy features enable a service provider to offer and support high-availability business services.

"We are pleased to be the Carrier Ethernet vendor for SureWest," says P. Steven Locke, vice president of sales, service providers, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. "The flexibility of the ADTRAN Carrier Ethernet access platform fulfills an immediate need for EoTDM service delivery while providing a clear path to supporting future next-generation services."


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