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ASC also introduces new Frame Relay option that enables carriers to economically serve multiple customers on a single T1/E1 link

VIENNA, VA. USA - Advanced Switching Communications, a leading creator of next generation network intelligence, today introduced two new products that significantly enhance the speed and flexibility of its category-breaking A-4000 broadband access platform. Together, the new products give the A-4000 the power to manage bandwidth demands from 64 kilobits per second up to optical carrier speeds of 622 Megabits per second while accommodating multiple customers on a single T1/E1 connection.

The new products and features include:

· The new A-7010 card featuring OC-12c/STM-4 network links, which enable communications carriers to more efficiently deliver data, private line, multimedia and voice traffic to an optical network core at speeds of up to 622 megabits per second.

· The new channelised T1/E1 Frame Relay option that allows carriers to cost-effectively serve multiple customers with bandwidth needs as low as 64 kilobits per second over a single T1/E1 link, extending the benefits of packet technology to new markets.

· Automatic protection switching (APS), to add redundancy and further strengthen network performance and reliability.

With ASC’s MultiStream technology and family of high-capacity, carrier-class broadband access equipment, communications companies can more effectively meet their customers exploding demand for broadband services by clearing network congestion and reducing the need for older, voice-oriented network elements.

The carrier-class A-4000 drives efficiencies in the "on ramp" of communications networks by combining multiple voice and data protocols, such as Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Frame Relay or Time Division Multiplexing (TDM), into a single high-speed connection to the optical core network.

"These new products that enhance the functionality of ASC’s market leading A-4000 broadband access platform have arrived at a very significant time for the voice market," explained Mark Weeks, General Manager EMEA for ASC. "Carriers are looking for a seamless migration to the high speed core without the costs associated with optical networking. They are looking towards offering innovative high-speed services, however they are not about to simply throw out their legacy network equipment. The A-4000 with the A-7010 card and the multi-service protocol offerings option enables carriers to provide cutting-edge broadband services without abandoning their former investment."

Aimed at larger, data and voice carriers and frame relay network operators that use multiple transmission protocols, the new A-4000 combines highly reliable and advanced functionality with ASC’s trademark flexibility and cost-effectiveness to provide an intelligent multi-service access platform.

"With the A-4000’s enhanced ability to scale from as low as individual channels on a single T1/E1 all the way up to optical speeds of 622 megabits per second, larger carriers now have unprecedented flexibility in managing bandwidth and protocols on a single broadband access platform," said Larry Kraft, ASC vice president of marketing.

"In addition to providing a cost-effective, high-speed ‘on-ramp’ for optical networks, the A-4000 now supports an even wider range of services for carriers with just one piece of next-generation networking equipment," Kraft added.

New Optical Interface and Service Assurance:

ASC’s newest optical interface, the A-7010 card provides high-speed aggregation of multi-service traffic directly onto an ATM backbone. With a full complement of four A-7010 cards, the A-4000 now boasts total network uplink capacities of 2.4 gigabits per second.

In addition to the new OC-12c/STM-4 connections, other network connections for the A-4000 include OC-3c/STM-1 and T3/E3 connections. Providing additional resiliency for these high-speed network uplinks, ASC has added a one-to-one automatic protection switching option that provides an automatic backup connection of equal capacity in the event of a failed or impaired connection for added service assurance.

Channelised T1/E1 Frame Relay Option:

Opening new services to new markets, ASC’s new channelised T1/E1 hardware option improves the utilisation of T1/E1 circuits by accommodating multiple customers on a single circuit. While frame relay traffic needs are growing fastest at higher speeds, most of today’s frame relay connections utilise 64 Kbps channels or fractional T1/E1 connections that use less than the 24/31 channels available on a T1/E1 connection..leaving excess bandwidth unutilised or wasted and making it cost prohibitive to bring frame relay services to smaller markets.

ASC’s channelised T1/E1 option allows carriers to assign individual customers the frame relay bandwidth they require without having to allocate an entire T1/E1 connection to a single customer. This feature opens up new frame relay service options to small and medium sized businesses in previously under-served markets.

"ASC’s new Frame Relay option is hitting yet another sweet spot for carriers who can now cost-effectively extend their networks into new markets and closer to their customers while effectively lowering their existing data switch port expenses," said Ron Westfall, senior analyst at Current Analysis. "Today’s announcement demonstrates that ASC continues to deliver new product options to their unique and fundamental capabilities that will continue to expand their customer base.2

The A-7010 card, channelised T1/E1 frame relay hardware option and automatic protection switching currently are in beta testing and targeted for general release next month.



About ASC:

Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia in the USA, Advanced Switching Communications Inc. is a leading provider of next-generation broadband access platforms for telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers. ASC’s architecture provides flexibility and scalability that enables service providers to deploy broadband services aggressively. ASC products are NEBS Level 3 certified and interoperable with the industry’s leading telecommunications equipment providers. More information about ASC is available online at http://www.asc.com

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