Sunday, March 19, 2006

Entrisphere Announces GPON Access Solution

Entrisphere introduced its GPON access solution including network platforms, software, network terminals and management systems.

The core of the Entrisphere GPON solution includes Optical Line Terminals (OLTs), Optical Network Terminals (ONTs), Optical Network Units (ONUs) and management systems. The solution also includes software upgrades that expand existing IP service-aware features such as IGMP multicasting, VLAN stacking and tagging, and security upgrades.

Entrisphere said its systems are ready for IMS integration. Key features include high density GigE uplinks and integrated voice gateways for increased TDM and VoIP support. Both the hardware and software components build on the existing base of BLM 1500, T-Series and EntriView systems, all of which have been deployed at major carriers for copper and B-PON networks.

The GPON ONTs and ONUs serve single family homes, businesses, residences in multi-dwelling unit buildings (MDUs), businesses in multi-tenant buildings (MTUs), and fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) applications. All the applications meet North American standards in addition to G.984, including NEBS Level 3, GR-303/TR-08, 99.999% reliability and environmental hardening. By adhering to G.984 standards, both the OLT and ONTs are designed to be interoperable with other G.984-compliant GPON systems. The EntriView Element Management System (EMS) has also been upgraded to manage the GPON network elements.

In addition, Entrisphere announced a series of new product features that enhance the performance of the GPON OLT and ONTs in the access network. These new features include new SIP-based VoIP service on all of its ONTs and ONUs, coupled with integrated voice gateways to legacy Class 5 switches and H.248 softswitches in the BLM 1500. (As an alternative to using an integrated gateway, the system interoperates with external SIP and H.248 voice gateways.)

Virtual Network Elements to Integrate Carrier Management Silos
Access Platforms enable new IPTV and packet voice services, and they lower
capital costs by reducing the number of separate boxes needed to provide
the various functions. But the very integration that makes MSAPs so
attractive also causes problems for the legacy side of telco operations.
The solution is to use software to abstract non-integrated, virtual views
of the MSAP's functions from its integrated hardware.