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Axerra Networks Intros New AXN20 Platform

Axerra Networks, a provider of mobile backhaul network convergence solutions, has announced its new AXN20 network access and mobile backhaul services delivery platform.
A one-rack unit and hardened, modular platform, AXN20 supports multi-generation mobile technology backhaul over a converged Ethernet, IP, or multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) packet network, said company officials.
Moreover, it combines support for legacy transport such as time-division multiplexing (TDM) and ATM with standards based Ethernet services and Ethernet demarcation capabilities in a single device.
Smartphones, netbooks and other mobile networking devices are increasingly being used for video streaming, internet access and other bandwidth hungry applications. Company officials said that the need for the AXN20 arises from the proliferation of these devices.
The proliferation of these devices is putting a strain on legacy mobile backhaul network architectures. In addition, it’s pushing operators to move to an all packet based infrastructure, said company officials.
The AXN20 has been designed to be used as either a mobile backhaul services delivery platform by MSOs and packet services carriers or as an Ethernet network access platform by mobile network operators.
Additionally, the AXN20 is an ideal multi-tenant unit (MTU) platform for carrier customers that also serve commercial businesses. It delivers both Pseudowire based legacy T1\E1 transport services and Ethernet based packet services, said company officials.
Hezi Lapid, chairman and CEO at Axerra Networks (News - Alert), said that the functionality available in the AXN20 was developed as a direct result of extensive feedback. The customers needed a multi-function, tower located device that can seamlessly support the transition from today’s 2G and 3G to tomorrow’s 4G and LTE (News - Alert) requirements.
“The AXN20 uniquely addresses this need by significantly reducing the life cycle cost of mobile backhaul while simplifying the operations implications of migrating to next generation mobile technologies,” said Lapid.
By adding an extensive set of Ethernet services delivery and network demarcation capabilities, AXN20 builds on Axerra’s multi-service Pseudowire and mobile network clock synchronization technologies.
Company officials said that AXN20 eliminates the requirement for deploying multiple separate tower devices by collapsing a Pseudowire access device, an Ethernet services switch and an Ethernet demarcation device into a single platform.
Additionally, the AXN20 modular line card slots can accommodate a variety of Ethernet or TDM interfaces to support most any tower site capacity requirement and backhaul network topology, said company officials.
“The functions incorporated into Axerra’s AXN20 device provide a great fit for the tower collocated, multi-service, TDM to Gig E transition requirements and challenges MSOs face today for support of mobile backhaul services,” said Roger Williams, director, for carrier product management and strategy for Comcast (News - Alert) Business Services.
The AXN20 is scheduled for customer deployment in the second quarter of 2010.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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