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UTStarcom to Debut Mini-DSLAM

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Access equipment maker UTStarcom Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI) has a few things up its sleeve for Supercomm 2003, besides a gigantic booth and a demo station. One of those things is a smaller version of its AN-2000 IP DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer).

"We're trying to shorten the length of the local loop so that the last mile becomes the last half-mile," says David Howard, UTStarcom's wireline product manager.

The stackable AN-2000 100B system is a 24-port DSLAM for use in carrier central offices or remote cabinets. More of the product's technical details will be available at Supercomm, the company says, but the unit is already deployed in small numbers with one of UTStarcom's privately held customers in India.

Though UTStarcom's folks were a bit coy, the carrier in question is likely Tata Teleservices Ltd., the privately-held carrier that has already deployed 56,000 lines of UTStarcom's larger DSLAM (see UTStarcom Scores in India).

Advanced Fibre Communications Inc. (AFC) (Nasdaq: AFCI) and Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA) also sell smaller DSLAMs, as does Zhone Technologies Inc., which offers a 24-port box called the Raptor 100 (see Zhone's Raptor Grabs at DSLAM Market). UTStarcom has made much hay in the DSLAM market in the past two years, but it still trails Alcatel in worldwide market share.

Among other players in the market, LM Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERICY) is worthy of note because it's launched a modular DSLAM that's particularly scaleable. Each module is the size of a video cassette and supports 10 DSL lines (see Ericsson Launches Ethernet DSL Push).

— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading

BobbyMax 12/5/2012 | 12:03:01 AM
re: UTStarcom to Debut Mini-DSLAM There are a number of vendors that manufacture and market mini DSLAMs. .UTStarcom does not produce anything special. CopperCom has a very good 24 port DSLAM.
gea 12/5/2012 | 12:02:59 AM
re: UTStarcom to Debut Mini-DSLAM BobbyMax:

All your base are belong to us.
rasurfer 12/5/2012 | 12:02:58 AM
re: UTStarcom to Debut Mini-DSLAM Do you mean that those are made by UTStarcom?
photonicGuru 12/5/2012 | 12:02:53 AM
re: UTStarcom to Debut Mini-DSLAM I suppose, vendor could be Reliance Infocomm that they are in trail with...atrica also sold boxes to same vendor too.

In indian cities and mojor metros (not villages), the density of people per sq.Km.is quite high and demand is price sensitive (not great demand as of now)...thus the mini-DSLAM suit best to their needs as well as other developing countries.
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