ADTRAN, whose equipment has been a staple in incumbent telco networks for years, today came out with a pure IP multiservice access solution called the Total Access 5000.
The introduction of this product is in recognition of the industrys convergence around IP and Ethernet, said Mike Martin, product management for the Total Access 5000, at ADTRAN.
Unlike previously announced products in ADTRANs popular Total Access product line, the TA 5000 was designed at its inception as a multiservice access platform rather than as a DSLAM and has a pure IP/Ethernet core, explained Jay Wilson, vice president of product management for the carrier networks division. He said that while the Total Access 300 and 1100-1200 are upgradeable to IP, they are optimized around ATM.
The TA 5000, which can work with any copper- or fiber-based access technology, does Ethernet aggregation, routing and switch, and delivers add/drop functionality between terminals. In addition to helping service providers move to the new world of IP, the TA 5000 also enables network operators to extend the life of their existing equipment like ATM-based DSLAMs by aggregating traffic from those devices using pseudowire technology.
As for legacy voice services, the TA 5000 can take in analog POTS from the customer premises and convert it to IP directly on the line card, making it a VoIP gateway of sorts and enabling voice to bypass the central office and instead go directly to the routed IP network.
SIP seems to be a clear winner in our mind and its the place where were going, said Martin, adding that the message beyond the TA 5000 is adding new services without stranding existing investments.
With its DSLAMs installed at eight of the top carriers domestically and holding the No. 3 market position with DSLAMs in North America, ADTRAN is in an enviable position with the large incumbent telcos, all of which already use its Total Access gear. The TA 5000 relies on the same element management system as the previously announced members of the Total Access family, making it simple for service providers to get comfortable with this new solution, said Wilson, adding that the independent telcos and international carriers also are a target for the TA 5000.