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ASCmanager(tm) provides seamless and flexible integration with leading
network operations software

VIENNA, VA. USA - Advanced Switching Communications, a leader in revolutionary network access solutions, today introduced ASCmanager(tm), an Element Management System (EMS) that addresses the open-architecture demands of today's converging access networks.

ASCmanager is a centralised system that provides complete end-to-end management of ASC network switches, "point and click" provisioning and an open platform for integration with existing and next-generation Operational Support Systems (OSS). ASC's element-management layer tool incorporates the latest industry standards to provide the open, interoperable environment that carriers require as they integrate multiple best-of-breed technologies into their network operations.

ASCmanager directly addresses the issues that carriers face as they migrate toward more cost-effective converged networks that integrate and collapse multiple service infrastructures. To be successful in that effort, carriers must consolidate the diverse support systems needed to manage those networks. At the same time, carriers are under increasing
pressure to speed service provisioning and improve customer responsiveness.

ASC designed ASCmanager to ease the transition to converged network architectures and consolidated next-generation OSS models of the future while providing customers today with a flexible mechanism to simplify network operations, lower costs and speed service delivery.

"ASC is partnering with service providers to build the networks of the future," said Larry Kraft, ASC's vice president of marketing. "Carriers need simple and fast provisioning solutions across multi-vendor networks. We help them achieve that goal and are committed to operating within an over-arching OSS umbrella that does not lock carriers into proprietary solutions."

Target Application:

The ASC solution plays a key role in enabling multi-service carriers to rapidly and cost-effectively extend broadband Internet and corporate network services to a wider spectrum of customers and markets. As carriers deploy ASC's products to consolidate multiple services and equipment into a single architecture, they significantly reduce operational complexity and costs by bringing network intelligence and faster packet technology closer to customers. With ASCmanager in place, carriers can further streamline back-end operations to manage the new simplified access network architecture and rapidly provision new services enabled by ASC's exclusive MultiStream technology.

"Point and Click" Interface:

ASCmanager enhances remote service provisioning and reduces operational costs by centralising system management tasks across the network's edge. Facilitating "point and click" ease of use, ASCmanager reduces set up and configuration time with auto-discovery features that automatically display ASC switches and their configurations in a topological map and allows carriers to manage all aspects of multiple ASC platforms as a single, virtual node.

ASCmanager software provides full fault management, configuration, accounting, performance and security network management that can scale to an unlimited amount of elements. ASC's existing web-based manager and Command Line Interface (CLI) housed within each ASC network element can be easily accessed via ASCmanager. Open Integration for Next-Generation OSS ASCmanager is designed to integrate with today's leading OSS components to support open systems architectures. With ASCmanager in place, service providers can choose facilities from ASCmanager or from other OSS components - such as a provisioning server - to best fit their needs. In addition, ASC's object-based data model is designed to support interfaces based on CORBA and other standards-based interfaces such as SNMP. With these interfaces in place, ASC is implementing interoperability partnerships with leading OSS module suppliers.

ASCmanager operates on Sun's SPARCstation server supported by an Oracle database, with either SPARCstation or Windows 2000 client stations. Multi-client and multiple server configurations maybe configured with either SPARCstation or Windows 2000 client stations.

ASCmanager is now in general release. The product will be demonstrated at the ASC booth #356 at COMNET, Washington D.C., January 30th to February 1st.

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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