Media Edge Equipment
In any distributed next-gen network architecture, the devices that
control the actual media flow of communications play a vital role. These
devices consist of media gateways and media gateway controllers, access
concentrators, and other traffic aggregators that sit at the edge of the
service provider's network. Once the signaling portion of a call (containing
the call routing intelligence) passes through a softswitch, call server, or
signaling edge device, the actual media stream is sent to the media
controller and/or gateway, which route the message over the most appropriate
IP or circuit-switched path available.
Total Control 2000
5400 Bayfront Plaza
P.O. Box 58145
Santa Clara, CA 95052-8145
This media switch from 3Com is part of the CommWorks three-tiered
architecture for next-gen call control and routing. It features 52,416 DS-0
ports with support for one million busy-hour call attempts. The switch is
fault tolerant, and provides no single point of failure, with seamless PSTN
integration. It supports the MEGACO protocol, and can scale from a single
shelf up to six shelves.
301 Science Dr.
Moorpark, CA 93021
This high-density platform aggregates traffic over ATM, DSL, and T1
lines, offering throughput of more than five Gbps. It can be used for
central office collocation or campus and multi-tenant environments, and is
available in four- and 20-slot configurations. The platform can scale up to
456 ports per shelf, and 1,824 ports can fit in a seven-foot telco rack.
ADC Telecommunications, Inc. (formerly
14402 Franklin Avenue
Tustin, California 92780-7013
This integrated access concentrator enables audio, video, and Internet
transmissions to be sent over ATM, in a cell and frame switching
architecture. Avidia can interface with T1/E1, OC-3/STM-1, ATM, and DS-3/E3
lines, and may be deployed as a DSLAM or LAN extension concentrator. It
supports up to 648 ports, and can scale to fit 1,296 SDSL ports in a single
Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc.
One Willow Brook Court
Petaluma, CA 94954
A single-platform solution, the UMC1000 fits into an existing network and
offers POTS to xDSL as well as E3/DS-3 connectivity over copper, fiber, or
wireless transport. It features a 6.2 Gbps backplane architecture, and
offers any service from any card slot.
Photonic Switching Platform
P.O. Box #10395
Palo Alto, CA 94303
This platform offers either a 32x32-port photonic switch or a 16x32-port
switch, and includes switch-control electronics as well as a simple API. It
features a flexible architecture for easily building optical cross connects
(OXCs), optical add/drop multiplexers, and optical protection switching
ASR2000 Aggregation Service Router
Amber Networks, Inc.
2465 Augustine Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Designed for the optical Internet this router features service
transformer technology which enables IP, non-IP, and IP/MPLS services to be
carried over a unified IP/MPLS-enabled infrastructure. The four-slot
platform fits into a 19- or 23-inch telco rack, and features the Amber
Networks Genie processor, for throughput of up to 6.5 million packets per
80 Central St.
Boxborough, MA 01719
Appian's Optical Services Activation Platform acts as a carrier-class
distributed packet switch, and can help migrate customers from a TDM
infrastructure to the SONET/DWDM network core. It connects to a SONET/SDH
network element via DS-3, OC-3, OC-12, or OC-48 interfaces, and may be
placed anywhere in the existing network as a plug-and-play device.
Advanced Switching Communications, Inc. (ASC)
8330 Boone Blvd., 5th Floor
Vienna, VA 22182
The A-4000 media switch from ASC can aggregate traffic from up to 336
T1/E1 connections, and from up to 56 T3/E3 connections. It can also handle
as many as 16 T2/E2 connections, and up to four OC-3c ATM connections. The
switch can handle service delivery over ATM, TDM, and frame relay lines.
305 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
The high-density RA-2000 series of dial access concentrators supports one
to two T1/E1 interfaces, and 24 to 60 V.90 modem ports in a compact chassis.
It features a RISC multi-processor design and includes 32 MB of onboard
memory as well as a SIMM slot. It can be deployed with Avail's Connection
Services Manager, which handles Layer 4 policy controls and usage
Metropolis 4000 Series
450 Spring Park Place, Ste. 500
Herndon, VA 20170-5243
This high-density traffic solution features a 32 wavelength DWDM system
capacity, a 70 Gbps core ATM switch capacity, and is fully redundant. The
switch supports ring, multi-ring, mesh, and point-to-point topologies, and
may be used as an integrated ADM/cross-connect. Chromatis' Selective WDM
technology allows service providers to add DWDM to every node that needs
capacity up to 32 wavelengths per fiber.
1201 Winterson Rd.
Linthicum, MD 21090
An intelligent optical core switch, the Multiwave CoreDirector offers
network-wide optical provisioning and management with up to 640 Gbps of
full-duplex switching in one bay. It can support 256 OC-48/STM-16 or 64
OC-192/STM-64 interfaces, and can scale down to OC-3. Any optical interface
can be configured as concatenated for wavelength switching, or channelized.
Media Gateway 6200
1615 South 52nd St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
A 16-slot carrier class media concentrator, the 6200 supports up to 16
port processors and has two hot-swappable 90-230 VAC or 48 VDC auto-sensing
power supplies. It can integrate multiple traffic types like IP, T1/E1, and
ISDN over a single WAN interface, on a centrally managed platform. Other
features include eight T1/E1 interfaces for compressed voice.
170 West Tasman Dr.
San Jose, CA 95134
This media gateway offers VoIP trunking, local TDM switching, and SS7-PRI
offload for convergence of packet and TDM networks. It gives service
providers an SS7-PRI gateway solution which redirects data traffic to
efficient packet networks. It supports up to 170,000 DS-0s per rack with
1200 Bridge Pkwy.
Redwood City, CA 94065
This 26-slot IP service processing switch offers scalable ASIC-based
processors and an open multi-purpose operating system for easy deployment of
new features and applications. The switch may be configured with three types
of service blades for virtual routing capabilities with distinct routing
tables, forwarding capabilities, and packet classification.
490 Potrero Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
This multiservice access router dynamically scales to meet user
requirements, and lets service providers offer IP-based services over a
single platform. The router is based on Dynarc's synchronous transfer mode
architecture, for QoS and detailed service level agreements. The router is
managed through Dynarc's Java-based Dview tool, or through an SNMP-based
IP Telephony (IPT) Solution
77 South Bedford St.
Burlington, MA 01803
This platform offers least-cost and dynamic call routing, support for
multiple IP networks, and echo cancellation, silence encoding, and error
concealment. The solution also features real-time billing, central call data
record collection, and itemized accounting, as well as an IVR and SNMP
management. It may interface with T1/E1 connections, and supports the Phone
Doubler and Phone Doubler Quick Call desktop applications.
BigIron Switching Routers
Foundry Networks, Inc.
2100 Gold St.
San Jose, CA 95164-9100
A modular, chassis-based router, the BigIron offers up to 64 Gigabit
Ethernet ports for campus, LAN/WAN, and MAN environments. It features
hardware-based switching, packet-over-SONET capability, and multi-protocol
routing. The router includes four QoS levels, policy-based VLANs,
inter-switch trunk groups, IP multicast support, and VRRP redundancy.
733 Lakefield Rd.
Westlake Village, CA 91361
With scalability from four to 96 ports, the Tempest may be used to switch
voice, fax, or data of up to 24 voice channels over both T1 and analog
lines. Packaged in a rackmount chassis with a DSP board for G.729b and G.165
voice compression, the Tempest also features fax relay and detection, as
well as T.38 compliance.
G6 VoBroadband Gateway
12303 Technology Blvd.
Austin, TX 78727
The G6 gateway can support up to 4,032 simultaneous calls, and is based
on a 36 Gbps cell/packet/TDM backplane for industrial-strength ATM, IP, and
TDM switching. It is built to handle carrier-class traffic, and a single 42
U rack can support three G6 chassis. The gateway also features Synthesis12
technology to allow resource sharing and unified management of multiple
NexEra Packet Voice and Data Gateway
General Datacomm, Inc.
Park Road, Ext.
P.O. Box 1299
Middlebury, CT 06762-1299
Designed for the carrier-class market, this gateway offers toll-quality
compressed voice and packetized data, as well as Multi-Tier Shaping for high
bandwidth efficiency. The gateway features priority transport of pay-per-use
services, and rapid deployment of revenue-generating offerings.
M Series Internet Backbone Routers
1194 North Mathilda Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
This series of Internet backbone routers offers infrastructure solutions
for backbone bandwidth management, high-speed access, content and Web
hosting, and public and private peering. They feature the JUNOS software and
the Internet Processor II ASIC for wire-rate performance. The routers may
interface with a variety of fiber-optic and electrical transmission
The Unifier SMX
435 Indio Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
A metro access and transport platform, the Unifier SMX aggregates,
grooms, routes and switches IP, ATM, frame relay, and TDM traffic from DS-0
and OC-48 connections. It uses SONET/SDH ring and point-to-point
infrastructures, allowing carriers to utilize IP over DWDM and other next-gen
8200 Dixie Rd., Ste. 100
Brampton, ON L6T 5P6 Canada
An 18-slot access switch with 1,344 modem/ISDN ports, the CVX 1800
aggregates high-volume dialup traffic through the public network and the
Internet. It features a multi-service architecture for support of modem,
ISDN, voice, PRI, and SS7 communications, and is designed for deployment in
a central office or major POP.
10455 Bandley Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014
This next-gen IP core router features high availability and long-term
capacity growth in a scalable, multi-chassis design. The system may be
expanded from 10 Gbps to 19 Tbps of line-rate interfaces, and from 90 Gbps
to 184 Tbps of switch fabric capacity. It features the TeraOS software,
which offers scaled, distributed versions of routing protocols for utilizing
multiple control cards.
Power X Networks, Inc.
2833 Junction Ave., Ste. 110
San Jose, CA 95134
This family of routers can scale to handle multi-terabit per second
connectivity and can support up to 64 ports at OC-768 speeds. It also
features embedded RAM, and utilizes the TeraChannel switch fabric
architecture from Power X, which has been partitioned to offer a scalable
8 New England Executive Park
Burlington, MA 01803
This service edge switch can support tens of thousands of customers and
millions of end users with Quarry's comprehensive service management suit,
offering provisioning of basic and enhanced services. The switch enables
processing at speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps, enabling service providers to
integrate media, application, and network types onto an IP infrastructure.
Smart Edge 800
Redback Networks, Inc.
1195 Borregas Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
A multi-service optical networking platform, the Smart Edge 800 offers
rack density and multi-ring manageability for SONET/SDH networks. It offers
custom ASICs and software, and features a TDM and packet processing software
architecture. The system features the Cross-Connect and Control module which
handles TDM and packet traffic, allowing an individual port to carry both
River Delta Networks
3 Highwood Dr.
Tewksbury, MA 01876
This carrier-class system offers high reliability and wire-speed
forwarding with support for broadcast, unicast, and multicast traffic. Based
on open standards like DOCSIS 1.1 and PacketCable 1.0, the system offers
carrier-class intra-domain and inter-domain routing, and SmartFlow QoS
classification for thousands of traffic flows.
5200 Great America Pkwy.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Featuring a high-port density chassis, the RS 32000 lets service
providers aggregate all IP access technologies including Ethernet, fast
Ethernet, WDM, ATM, POS, and channelized T3. Traffic engineering is offered
through MPLS and policy-based routing, which allows service providers to
provision traffic at any layer of the network.
Sedona Concourse 8000
6604 Towering Oak Path
Columbia, Maryland 21044
The 8000 multi-services switch integrates network elements, traffic
management, and routing functionality on a single platform. It offers
protocol conversion, routing for IP, ATM, frame relay and voice networks,
and network mediation. Other features include per-subscriber routing for any
type of service, unified traffic management, and OSS interfaces.
1500 W. Park Dr., Ste. 200
Westborough, MA 01581-3936
Tundo's family of gateways bridge legacy PBXs and public telephone
networks with analog and channelized T1/E1 digital lines or ATM and frame
relay networks. The gateways are scalable from support for four analog trunk
connections to support for multiple T1/E1 ISDN PRI trunk connections. The
large-scale models are available in a PC server chassis or a 19"
Edge Routing Switch (ERX)
Unisphere Solutions, Inc.
One Executive Drive
Chelmsford, MA 01824
This family of switches supports access connections from 56 Kbps to
T3/E3, and uplinks of OC-3, OC-12, fast Ethernet, and gigabit Ethernet. It
is available as a seven-slot or 14-slot chassis, and all line and I/O
modules will fit either chassis, allowing easy scalability. The switch
enables service providers to offer private line services, xDSL, cable
Internet access, and wholesale support from one edge platform.
1600 QoS IP MAN Switch
8 Commerce Place, Ste. 200
Brossard (Montreal), QC J4W 3H2 Canada
This switch features support for T3/E3 connections, as well as billing
data collection and routing, firewalling, trunking, and NATing. It offers
guaranteed QoS for voice and data on the WAN and LAN, and for IP or
streaming video. It also features built-in ISDN, T1/E1, and DSL interfaces,
and offers MAN functions like SNMP.
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