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Telecom Platform Deployment Given a Boost with ATCA
By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor
Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture has never lacked for healthy interest, but its less-than-expected revenues have caused some to question whether they should continue using it.
The consensus in the telecom platform deployment industry is that the forthcoming third major update is the one that could firmly establish ATCA. “As a set of specifications for next generation carrier grade communications equipment, there have been two major updates in its lifetime, with a third underway,” notes a recent NEI (News - Alert) blog post.
So what’s the great benefit from ATCA? Basically increased mobility, as the post says, which is a rather timely benefit. “With mobile traffic projected to increase thirty nine times from 2009 figures by the year 2014, wireless carriers need to function more like landline broadband networks, with greater speeds and more consistent connectivity,” NEI officials say.
The main draw of ATCA is that it provides a platform for flexibility in Ethernet switching and packet processing, which in turn allows companies delivering advanced applications to gain a competitive edge.
The AdvancedTCA (News - Alert) hardware standard keeps up with a constantly evolving and highly competitive industry. By reducing hardware and application costs, increasing product availability, increasing scalability, and improving reliability, the ACTA standard levels the playing field, allowing small providers to offer the same technology as their Tier 1 counterparts.
Recently, TMCnet reported that telecom platform deployment provider NEI provides Telecom Equipment Manufacturers with NEI’s Lead (Lifecycle Engine for Application Deployment) system to help to get their products to market in a shorter period of time.
Besides working tirelessly with TEMs, NEI recently took part in the 7th annual ATCA Summit, from November 1-2, 2011 at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose. The event brings together thought leaders in the telecom equipment provider, carrier, and other service provider industries to speak about the future direction of communications platforms used in the telecom central office, wireless systems, video processing, and military and defense applications.
David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Jamie Epstein