Équipe Unveils ATM-to-IP Switch

ACTON, Mass. -- Équipe Communications Corporation announced its flagship product the Équipe 3200™ Multi-Layer Optical On-Ramp (É3200) today. The É3200 is the only data communications core platform capable of transitioning large-scale service providers from Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) to Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) while leveraging the emerging optical technologies. Service providers have invested approximately $17 billion in ATM infrastructure worldwide since 1997. The É3200 sets a new standard for high availability and represents the first use of microkernel software architecture to public data networking. The É3200 provides carriers a Revenue Agile Core with IP/MPLS, ATM and SONET/SDH optical cross connect in a modular, distributed architecture that scales to 320 gigabits per second (Gbps).

According to Scott Clavenna, president, PointEast Research the focus on core technologies and the integrated cross connect places Équipe in the Optical On-Ramp space. “Optical On-Ramps phase in the transition from ATM to IP/MPLS. This approach makes them very palatable to ILECs (Incumbent local exchange carriers), IXCs (Interexchange carriers) and International Carriers who do not want – or are not able – to disrupt business functions by making rapid, unplanned wholesale changes to their network cores,” said Clavenna.

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