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ASC enables next-gen carriers and service providers to operate profitably in the local loop

London, UK - Advanced Switching Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCX), a leading provider of broadband access platforms for next-generation networks, today announced Europe-wide availability of its flagship product, the A-4000. ASC’s A-4000 is a next-generation multi-service platform that is re-defining service provider access networks by enabling them to bring broadband services to both small and large markets aggressively and cost-effectively. As a more flexible alternative to the traditional ‘big iron’ edge devices, the A-4000 is part of a range of broadband access platforms designed to facilitate cost savings in the region of 50% per port. This can mean the difference between success and failure for today’s telcos delivering new broadband services.

"We are starting to see a situation where the many of the original CLECs and service providers are struggling to make a profit. This is in part down to the fact that they invested
in heavy-duty switching equipment to win local loop market share, whilst perhaps lacking the customer base to justify such a large investment. The reality is that they have left themselves little scope for profitability," commented Mark Weeks, General Manager, EMEA for ASC.

He continued, "ASC is offering a unique ‘scale as you grow’ architecture incorporated into a compact, carrier-class platform that allows service providers and telcos to operate profitably by maximising the capacity of their existing E1 connections, instead of replacing them with costly E3 connections. This amounts to a fast return on investment and the opportunity to re-invest more of the profits into the development of the business, thus gaining a leading edge in this fast-moving market place".

ASC’s A-4000 incorporates industry-leading E1 port densities; featuring 336 E1 ports per chassis and up to 1008 E1 ports per standard telco rack, allowing carriers and service providers to save on costly co-location expenses in the local exchange. In addition the
A-4000 provides multi-service protocol support. Individual ports can be configured through software to support and interwork data protocols, ATM or frame relay and TDM for voice, providing a far simpler method for network provisioning and a ‘faster to market’ means for introducing new protocols.

The ASC product line is based on its MultiStream broadband technology, a bundling technology designed to combine E1 connections to provide higher speed connections between an E1 and an E3. MultiStream incorporates inverse multiplexing over ATM (IMA) and multilink frame relay (MFR) to enable incremental bandwidth capacities above E1 levels for ATM and frame relay. This multi-service flexibility allows service providers to ‘right size’ their own network connections to meet growing traffic demands or to deliver customers a menu of bandwidth options for access.

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

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