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Telco Systems Intros Metro Ring

Introduces carrier-grade gigabit IP Ethernet ring solution; provides Access211 VOIP adapter to Falcon; completes interoperability testing with Veraz

June 6, 2005

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CHICAGO -- Telco Systems today at the SUPERCOMM telecommunications trade show booth 24048 here introduced a standards-based carrier grade gigabit IP Ethernet ring solution with recovery from network outages in as little as 15 milliseconds, providing failover performance equal to SONET at speeds unmatched by competitors. This marks the availability of technology to enable service providers to use a standards- based solution to deliver carrier grade IP Ethernet triple-play and metro access network services.

"We've addressed all the issues surrounding the delivery of carrier-grade IP Ethernet for metro access and triple-play applications and produced a more robust solution than what is currently available elsewhere, and we did it based on IEEE standards, unlike many who have chosen a proprietary approach," said Dave Lee, Telco Systems Vice President of Marketing.

The company will be doing live demonstrations at booth 24048 at SUPERCOMM.

With failover recovery rates of less than 50 milliseconds, disruptions in service due to cable cuts, equipment failure or power outages go unnoticed whether it's voice, video or data. The fast recovery performance is made possible by a new major software upgrade implemented on Telco Systems' T5 Compact family of IP switches. The new upgraded T5 Compact, which supports the IEEE Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) standards, can achieve recovery from outages in as little as 15 milliseconds in large 14 node rings and easily equals SONET performance of less than 50 milliseconds in much larger rings.

The ring solution provides gigabit speeds and extremely high levels of network reliability, availability and scalability in both copper and fiber rings. It also supports multicasting of IP broadcast video and triple play services; supports complex network architectures such as interconnected rings while maintaining fast recovery rates; and maintains interoperability with other manufacturers' network elements.

At SUPERCOMM booth 24048, Telco Systems will be running residential and enterprise VoIP, Fiber-To-The- Home/Business, WiFi backhaul, broadcast IP video, broadband Internet and data transport applications over their new Metro Ethernet Access Ring solution and demonstrating its less than 50 millisecond recovery capability. Telco Systems will also be exhibiting at the Metro Ethernet Forum, booth 48085, and PICMG, booth 43085.

The NEBS-compliant T5 Compact is a carrier-class IP Ethernet switch that provides high performance in a super-compact package. Only 1 Rack Unit (RU) in height, the T5 Compact boasts the capacity of physically larger backbone switches at price points associated with workgroup switching. The T5 Compact family supports up to 48 10/100 ports or 24 10/100/1000 copper or fiber ports and 4 Gigabit fiber or copper uplinks. This versatile switch is used in Metro Ethernet Access Rings, Fiber-To-The-Home/Business (FTTH/B) applications, data aggregation, and delivery of a wide variety of IP-based Ethernet services such as Virtual Private Networks, VoIP and video.

The feature-rich T5 Compact family supports port trunking, IEEE 802.1q VLAN tagging, IEEE 802.3x flow control, backpressure, IEEE 802.1p class of service and redundant power supplies. The T5 Compact is fully manageable via SNMP, CLI, or by embedded JavaT-based web management. IP multicast support (IGMP), for voice and video applications, gives users the ability to control which ports receive broadcasts.

In a separate release:

CHICAGO -- Telco Systems today at the SUPERCOMM telecommunications trade show here (booth 24048) announced that Falcon Broadband, a competitive local exchange carrier and cable television company in Colorado, has selected Telco Systems' Access211 VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) for its new broadband VoIP Internet phone service.

The Access211 ATA enables subscribers to make and receive phone calls and faxes over broadband Internet connections using standard telephones and fax machines. Customers simply plug in a standard telephone, fax machine and PC into the Access211 and connect the Access211 to a DSL or cable modem.

"We selected the Access211 because of its superior voice quality, user friendly design, advanced features such as integrated routing and the ease in which it interoperates with our General Bandwidth G6 Universal Media Gateway," said Randy DeYoung, the president of Falcon Broadband.

Falcon Broadband (http://www.falconbroadband.net/), headquartered in Colorado Springs, has just launched its SIP-based broadband Internet phone service in Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado and plans to expand the VoIP service offering state-wide. The company offers local Colorado phone numbers for their VoIP service.

Falcon Broadband is currently providing traditional phone service as a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) throughout Colorado. It also offers wired and wireless broadband Internet access, cable television and Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) triple play services in select Colorado markets, which include Colorado Springs and Pueblo in El Paso County.

Jeff Corbo, Falcon Broadband's Technical Operations Manager, said: "The Access211 outshines them all. It was one of the easier boxes to configure. It is more user friendly in terms of customer set-up and for us to provision. Its web-based graphical user interface is easy to use and the ability to do remote upgrades and remote trouble-shooting means we don't have to roll a truck." But, he added: "We'll still roll a truck if someone is having a problem. We're differentiating ourselves from other VoIP service providers with our local feel, local services and local support."

In an additional release:

CHICAGO -- Veraz Networks (SUPERCOMM Booth 32073), worldwide leader in programmable softswitch, service delivery and media gateway platforms, and Telco Systems (SUPERCOMM Booth 24048), a provider of carrier-class transport and access solutions for TDM and IP networks, have announced today the successful completion of interoperability testing and their collaboration in delivering Voice over Broadband and Fiber-To-The- Home (FTTH) solutions to service providers worldwide. A shared commitment to voice quality results in end-to-end VoIP access and trunking connections producing PSTN voice quality.

With the collaboration, Veraz will include Telco Systems' Access200 family of VoIP ATAs and EdgeGate CPE FTTH product line as part of their end-to-end solutions to carriers and service providers.

The network and subscriber service solutions of the Veraz platform and the voice quality of Telco Systems' Access211 VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) will be demonstrated at the Veraz booth 32073 at SUPERCOMM 2005.

For service providers seeking an overall turn key solution, Veraz's recently introduced ControlSwitch Release 6.0 and the Veraz I-Gate 4000 Pro media gateway that interoperate with Telco Systems' Access200 family of VoIP ATAs, such as the Access211 and Telco Systems' EdgeGate CPE family of FTTH integrated IP media gateways.

The Veraz softswitch and service delivery platform, ControlSwitch 6.0, which now features a programmable subscriber services and management subsystem, maps to numerous IMS-equivalent software elements. In addition to common residential and SOHO service sets built from customizable subscriber service building blocks, ControlSwitch 6.0 features innovative device management capabilities, including:

  • Dynamic Device Registration with Security

  • Media Negotiation for Compressed Voice, T.38 fax, Voice Band Modem

  • High Availability

  • Create, Update, and Delete IAD / Endpoint

  • Lock / Unlock IAD Operations

  • Device Audit

  • Device Details View



Both Veraz and Telco Systems have a strong commitment towards voice quality and service transparency philosophy. The I-Gate 4000 Pro, a recognized leader in voice quality and compression, in combination with Access200 family of VoIP ATAs from Telco Systems offers superior voice quality for any type of connection (IP to PSTN IP to IP, and PSTN to PSTN) while offering bandwidth savings through voice compression. Both products also support T.38 allowing for efficient and reliable fax transmission over IP.

Telco Systems' Access211 and Access200 family of VoIP ATAs utilize standard telephones and fax machines for VoIP telephone service over broadband access. The Access211 has distinguished itself in the marketplace with its superior voice quality, integrated routing capability, unique traffic shaping feature, enhanced voice compression technology and other features that make the Access211 the most robust ATA device delivered and in use today. It supports SIP, MGCP and H.323 VoIP signaling protocols.

Telco Systems' EdgeGate CPE is a family of integrated FTTH IP media gateways that deliver triple-play services. The Telco Systems EdgeGate CPE supports up to 4 analog voice lines (VoIP FXS ports) and 8 10/100BaseTX Ethernet ports. An optical uplink can be configured with either a Fast or Gigabit Ethernet transceiver. The EdgeGate CPE family is well-suited for residential as well as for the small-to-medium enterprise (SME), and can be deployed indoors or outdoors

"We are extremely excited by the prospect of working in collaboration with Veraz Networks to deliver voice over broadband services and FTTH triple- play solutions to carriers and service providers who are deploying and operating next-generation communication networks," said Irit Gillath, Telco Systems' Vice President of IP Product Line Management.

"Many of our Carrier Customers are looking for access equipment and devices with similar software interfaces for broadband and FTTH deployments. We are impressed with Telco systems' strength in this area and are glad to enable more choices for our customers to quickly deploy new services with Veraz systems," said R. Paul Singh, vice president of business development, Veraz Networks.

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