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April 13, 2009

ADTRAN Partners with MetaSwitch to Deliver Powerful TDM Interoperability and SIP Support

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

ADTRAN, a supplier of networking and communications solutions, and MetaSwitch, a provider of reliable, high-quality carrier IP communications solutions, announced at the MetaSwitch Forum 2009 the availability of ADTRAN’s (News - Alert) Total Access 5000: Multiservice Access and Aggregation Platform and Total Access 300: Series Optical Network Terminals (ONTs).

Both ADTRAN solutions are designed to fully support Session Initiation Protocol (News - Alert) (SIP) for interoperation with the MetaSwitch call agent and media gateway. These new capabilities are expected to provide customers with proven TDM interoperability. This should help to support existing networks and advanced VoIP and IP Multimedia Subsystem (News - Alert) architectures.

The latest solutions out of these partners join a growing list that includes ADTRAN’s family of IP Business Gateway (News - Alert) and IP PBX solutions. These products together offer a powerful combination that should enable carriers to expand services more broadly across the network as they look to leverage federal funding as part of the Broadband Stimulus package.
“Knowing that solutions are interoperable before they are installed brings great peace of mind as we are rolling out new services,” said Jason Wing, operations manager, BayRing Communications, in a Wednesday statement. “The ADTRAN/MetaSwitch (News - Alert) solution has worked flawlessly. Their proven interoperability has simplified and accelerated our service deployment.”

The ADTRAN Total Access 5000 is designed to be a carrier-class multiservice access and aggregation platform that will bridge the gap between existing and next-generation networks. With highly scalable all-Ethernet architecture, service providers can confidently deploy both residential and business services across an optimized and converged network.

The ADTRAN Total Access 300 Series of ONTs, based on ADTRAN’s IP Business Gateways, offers a wide range of features including VoIP. This allows carriers to confidently deploy an advanced fiber access infrastructure.

With IP communications solutions from MetaSwitch, service providers can easily take advantage of the migration to IP and deliver a host of innovative voice, data and video services to customers. Through interoperation with the ADTRAN Total Access platforms, both companies deliver seamless broadband services throughout their network.

“Both MetaSwitch and ADTRAN share the same vision of streamlining the transition to next-generation networking,” said Andy Randall, vice president of marketing for MetaSwitch, in the Wednesday statement. “Together, we are assuring our customers that they will have access to the resources they need as they move to deliver IP services.”

“Our service provider customers depend on ADTRAN to offer reliable and cost-effective solutions that meet their evolving networking communications needs, and we chose MetaSwitch as our first SIP interoperability partner for the Total Access 5000 because it enables our customers to know that they can leverage both best-of-breed products easily and effectively as they roll out new services,” said Mike Martin, director of product management, Broadband, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division, in the Wednesday statement.
“MetaSwitch interoperability further enables service providers to confidently deploy the Total Access 5000 in existing or next-generation voice architectures.”

ADTRAN and MetaSwitch have done well to recognize the strength that the other company has to offer in this space as well as opportunities for working together to advance their reach into this growing market.

As more and more customers migrate to an all IP environment, they must have access to the solutions and support they need to make the transition smooth and efficient. ADTRAN and MetaSwitch aim to satisfy that very need, thereby driving demand in the market for their joint solutions.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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