Monday, October 25, 2010

ADTRAN Targets "Ultra Broadband Ethernet"

ADTRAN outlined plans for an "Ultra Broadband Ethernet" architecture positioned as the next step in network access.

This new Ethernet-based architecture and associated products will initially deliver a 100 Mbps symmetrical broadband service scaling to 1 Gbps with ultra-low power requirements and low latency characteristics. The strategy leverages bandwidth capacity gains achieved through vectoring and pair bonding techniques. The architecture enables operators to leverage a variety of deep-fibre service models including Gigabit Ethernet, GPON, and Next-generation PON backhaul.

ADTRAN said it currently has Ultra Broadband Ethernet trials underway with Tier 1 operators in North America, Europe and Asia. More details are expected in the first half of 2011 as the product line becomes commercially available.

"From a performance standpoint, FTTH has been the goal of service providers for years, but the economics are simply not yet there to support deployment to all areas of service provider networks," said Jay Wilson, senior vice president and general manager, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. "Ultra Broadband Ethernet is the solution service providers have been seeking. Not only does it meet all of the performance and operational standards required by operators today, but it does so at a fraction of the cost of current solutions, allowing service providers to quickly expand their broadband penetration rates."

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