Telco Systems partners with AFL Telecommunications on "FTTH Made Easy" Alliance

MARCH 19, 2007 -- The partnership will provide turnkey active Ethernet FTTH networks to support residential and commercial VoIP and IPTV services.


MARCH 19, 2007 -- Telco Systems (search for Telco Systems), provider of carrier-class transport and access equipment for public and private IP and TDM networks, has formed an alliance with AFL Telecommunications (search for AFL Telecommunications) to create a turnkey active Ethernet FTTH network offering. The alliance, called Fiber Made Easy, provides end-to-end system integration as well as consulting services to help developers deliver fiber-based networks, say representatives for the companies.

"A point-to-point active Ethernet network is cost effective and provides distinct advantages in terms of controlling network design and bandwidth scalability," explains Kent Brown, director of Access Solutions at AFL Telecommunications. "AFL is pleased to have Telco Systems join the FTTH Made Easy program."

Active Ethernet (search for Active Ethernet) offers distinct advantages for the deployment of applications like IPTV, VoIP, and VoD, including dedicated bandwidth based on individual requirements and differentiated services for residential and business customers in the same area. In addition, individual subscribers can be easily added to the network at minimal cost within the 100-km geographic area, claim the companies.

Designing a fiber-based network requires expert advice in many areas, including fiber distribution, indoor and outdoor enclosures, splice and test equipment, cabling, head end equipment, and subscriber equipment. AFL's FTTH Made Easy Business Modeling Tool supports an extensive ROI modeling engine for PON and point-to-point active Ethernet to help developers determine the best solution for their homeowners, says AFL. The tool also supports phased market rollouts and a range of user-definable inputs.

"With VoIP and IPTV continuing to grow in popularity, carriers are being challenged to find cost-effective solutions to deliver carrier-class triple-play services to their consumer and enterprise customers, and fiber is the key enabling media to support the higher bandwidth and new services," adds Steven Curtis, senior vice president of sales at Telco Systems. "We are very excited to be working with AFL to define, configure, and install fiber networks that meet the needs of both the residential and commercial markets."

Telco Systems offers a range of fiber-based products that support FTTx networks, including the EdgeGate product family, which integrates VoIP connectivity over all major VoIP protocols. It allows users to easily make calls using their existing analog phone through the IP network while simultaneously using the EdgeGate as a high-bandwidth network connection for other services, explain Telco Systems representatives.

The company's new Access 500 integrated access device (IAD) enables service providers to offer their small to medium business customers a seamless migration path from TDM-based services to enhanced VoIP services using a softswitch telephony infrastructure, says the company. This family of single-box solutions breaks down the barriers of voice or data-only, TDM or IP-only networks and opens up new revenue streams.

Finally, Telco Systems' T-Marc is a family of cost-effective, fully-managed carrier Ethernet demarcation devices that provide service termination and demarcation over service providers' packet-based networks. As a multi-port customer-located intelligent demarcation device, the T-Marc delivers managed converged services (voice, video, and data) over virtual Ethernet in a metro Ethernet network, says the company. The T-Marc allows service providers to drop multiple services on separate customer interfaces. Because each service is isolated, providers can troubleshoot an individual service without impacting another.


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