Hatteras Adds Optical Interface, Subtending Features

Hatteras Networks has added an optical interface as well as a subtending feature to its line of to its Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) products, the company announced today.

The HN400-U typically sits in the central office close to the copper termination/master distribution frame. But if the carriers switch is elsewhere within the CO, the new optical interface allows the carrier to connect to that switch using an optical link, which doesnt have the reach limitations of Ethernet, explains Christopher Cook, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.

As for the subtending feature, that allows up to eight HN400-U boxes to feed into an HN408, delivering up to 5.7mbps of symmetrical bandwidth per copper pair, and up to 45mbps symmetrical services over eight pairs of bonded copper. This enables carrier to turn up quickly business services to up to eight customers per HN400-U, making it an ideal solution for office parks, MTUs and other densely populated business areas.

In other recently news from Hatteras, Cook says the company recently landed its first RBOC, but couldnt provide that carriers name. He says its for a systemwide deployment and that the RBOC will build a brand around the Ethernet extension service.

Cook says that 2006 will be the breakout year for EFM. When the RBOC Hatteras has won the business of goes, I think two others will go fairly quickly, he says.

Actelis recently disclosed that it has won the EFM business of Qwest Communications International Inc., but didnt disclose the scope or other terms of that deal.

Cook says that Hatteras is also is readying a backhaul solution for the cellular industry that encompasses by Ethernet and TDM technologies. An announcement on that should be made by the end of the year, he says.

And a bit further down the road, Cook says, expect Hatteras to come out with a VDSL2 version of its EFM solutions. The current gear is based on G.SHDSL, which delivers 2.3 to 5.7mbps at up to 20,000. VDSL2 will enable carriers (the likely target here is incumbents) to do 50 to 100mbps per pair on shorter loops.

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