BellSouth launches Intelligent DSU Service

BellSouth now offers Intelligent DSU (IDSU) service enabling telecommunications service providers to economically install and monitor Frame Relay networks, end-to-end, including IDSU equipment, it was announced at this weeks CompTel/Ascent Alliance Expo. This new offering uses the BellSouth Network Visibility Service (NVS) to provide operational advantages to wholesale customers using BellSouth Frame Relay Service.

BellSouth IDSU service includes IDSU customer premises equipment (CPE), installation of the CPE, fault and performance monitoring capability, and a replacement warranty on the CPE. The IDSUs support Frame Relay service at DS0, DS1 and DS3 speeds.

BellSouth NVS, launched in the fourth quarter of 2002, gives customers a near real-time view into BellSouths Frame Relay and ATM networks as well as access to historical performance reports. BellSouth IDSU service further enhances the Frame Relay service by providing customers with network visibility from the IDSU.

BellSouths new IDSU service offers significant advantages to service providers, said Scott Waid, director – Marketing, BellSouth Interconnection Services. With BellSouth IDSU service, our wholesale customers can order Frame Relay service, NVS and the IDSU, and install it all at once with a single truck roll. Thats a smart, quick and economical solution to business and network needs.

BellSouth IDSU service supports the following Frame Relay historical performance monitoring reports: Network Summary (key performance indicators across the users network), Interface (key performance indicators for a specific interface), Forecast/Capacity Planning, Threshold Exceptions, Top Interfaces and Service Level (availability, throughput and latency). Customers can access the standard reports through a web browser via the Internet or a Windows-based terminal using a private dial-up connection.

Through BellSouth Interconnection Services, the wholesale business unit of BellSouth, IDSU service is offered only to customers that have Frame Relay service circuits with NVS within the companys nine-state southeast region. To take advantage of the IDSU replacement warranty, customers must maintain their subscriptions to both NVS and IDSU service.

BellSouth Interconnection Services ( provides wholesale solutions for five core product families: transport, switching, intelligent network services, packet data and professional services. BellSouth Interconnection Services customer segments include IXCs, wireless service providers, integrated communication providers, CLECs, resellers, independent telephone companies and payphone service providers.

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