ADTRAN boosts fiber-based mobile backhaul portfolio

OCTOBER 20, 2009 -- ADTRAN, Inc. has expanded its mobile backhaul portfolio with the addition of Fiber Ethernet Access and Pseudowire (PWE3) gateway capabilities. ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 and OPTI-6100 access platforms now support advanced access options tailored for mobile backhaul applications including GPON, fiber Ethernet access, multi-pair bonded DSL, and legacy TDM.

OCTOBER 20, 2009 -- ADTRAN, Inc. has expanded its mobile backhaul portfolio with the addition of Fiber Ethernet Access and Pseudowire (PWE3) gateway capabilities. ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 and OPTI-6100 access platforms now support advanced access options tailored for mobile backhaul applications including GPON, fiber Ethernet access, multi-pair bonded DSL, and legacy TDM. The addition of fiber Ethernet access and PWE3 to ADTRAN's portfolio gives operators a range of options that enable the circuit-to-packet transition required for significant gains in backhaul capacity and network efficiency, the company asserts.

“Currently there are about 240,000 cell sites in North America, with about 70 percent today fed by multiple T1s, and the vast majority of these T1s use ADTRAN HDSL equipment,” stated Michael Howard, principal analyst, Infonetics Research. “The global mobile broadband phenomenon is causing unprecedented growth in cell-site bandwidth needs, forcing providers and operators to deploy fiber to cell sites as quickly as possible. The reality is that cell sites cannot be fiberized quickly enough, which means that cell-site backhaul products must be flexible in offering a mix of TDM and Ethernet as well as options for copper and fiber uplinks. Vendors such as ADTRAN are cognizant of these requirements and have built product families to meet these needs.”

“As mobile operators continue transitioning toward higher-bandwidth mobile broadband technologies like WiMAX and LTE, advanced access options are critical to provide additional capacity and quality of service. However, just as critical is ensuring that support for existing networks is not sacrificed,” said Jay Wilson, senior vice president and general manager, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “ADTRAN has a comprehensive suite of carrier-proven mobile backhaul solutions with plans for continued innovation on the horizon. Our goal is to continue to build market leadership by offering the most flexible portfolio of mobile backhaul solutions on the market.”

ADTRAN’s mobile backhaul portfolio is anchored by the OPTI-6100 high-density, multi-service, optical access platform and the Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform. These offerings are designed to provide optimal performance while reducing capex and ongoing operational expenses. The Total Access 5000 provides a common platform for a mix of residential broadband, business Ethernet, and mobile backhaul services over both optical and copper access technologies. The OPTI-6100 is designed to meet small and large customer bandwidth needs via flexible deployment options for optical ring-based access networks. This allows service providers to benefit from streamlined operational requirements with a single platform acting as a centralized traffic management, local switching, and service assurance platform, ADTRAN says.

ADTRAN also offers a range of purpose-built network termination equipment (NTE), supporting native Ethernet and TDM pseudowire capabilities. Service providers can simplify operations and reduce time to market through common management, provisioning, and troubleshooting -- regardless of the physical media, ADTRAN concludes.

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