Pannaway SCN Gains RUS Acceptance

Pannaway Technologies Inc. (Booth 1425) has announced that its Service Convergence Network (SCN) access solution for the delivery of triple play services over copper and fiber broadband will be on the United States Department of Agricultures Rural Utilities Service (RUS) list of materials.

RUS acceptance makes Pannaways SCN available to rural IOCs qualified by the RUS for long-term, low-interest federal loans aimed at bringing broadband to the underserved.

The RUS broadband program is designed to keep costs down for IOCs, enabling customers in rural areas to have access to the same advanced broadband services as those offered by the larger regional and national carriers.

RUS provides a great service to rural carriers and their broadband subscribers and we are honored to be a part of such a groundbreaking initiative, says Mike Skubisz, CTO for Pannaway. Our award-winning SCN system and all of its inherent next-generation capabilities can now be made available to rural IOCs regardless of their plan to fund the project.

Pannaways SCN allows rural customers to optimize the existing pipeline to the premise to build out a network for IP-based delivery of converged broadband services, without requiring significant upgrades to a carriers existing network.

The independent telcos always grasp, accept and apply new technologies much more rapidly than the big telcos, says Kermit Ross, president of Millennium Marketing. They get a lot of encouragement and guidance from the RUS, NECA and some of the smartest consulting engineers in the industry. Pannaways product is scalable and versatile enough to fit just about any independent telcos network. With the RUS credential in hand, I think Pannaway will take off like a shot.

The SCN consists of several product components, all of which are available for both copper and fiber deployments:

Personal Branch Gateway (PBG): The PBG is an all-in-one box that provides a single point of access for any existing telephone device, plus replaces an ADSL2+ Internet modem and premise switch/router.

Residential Gateway NID (RGN): Offering the same flexibility and simplicity as the indoor PBG, the outdoor PBG sits outside the premise and replaces the telephone NID, an ADSL2+ Internet modem and premise switch/router.

Personal Broadband Modem (PBM): The PBM provides 4 10/100 base TX LAN ports for multiple devices via its ADSL2+ uplink. Web-based provisioning and diagnostics make the device easy to configure and administer.

Broadband Access Switch (BAS): Pannaway BAS is an ADSL2+ aggregator, digital loop carrier and internetworking switch that manages the converged traffic of up to 32 PBGs. Deployed in the central office or remote terminal, the BAS includes derived voice for customer premise dial tone with lifeline support. It cost-effectively replaces a DSLAM, DLC and ATM to IP gateway.

Broadband Aggregation Router (BAR): Pannaway BAR is a gigabit Ethernet aggregator and internetworking switch that manages the converged traffic of up to 11 BAS units supporting up to 352 individual residences.

Call Control Manager (CCM): Pannaway CCM is a SIP registration server, proxy server, feature server and billing mediation platform that routes all calls, provides advanced CLASS features, and delivers billing information for the entire SCN.

Network Media Exchange (NMX): The NMX is a media and signaling gateway designed to ensure toll-quality voice to and from the PSTN.

Broadband Access Manager (BAM): Pannaway BAM is an Element Management System designed to reduce the total network management cost of deploying voice, video and data.

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