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RAD Enhances Award-Winning Demarcation Portfolio with VDSL2 and GPON

Innovation Allows Business and Mobile Backhaul Service Providers to Leverage Existing Access Infrastructure

RAD, the manufacturer of Service Assured Access (SAA) solutions that can transport any service over any physical media, has now become the only vendor to offer VDSL2 (including bonding/vectoring) and GPON – in addition to active fibre, SDHSL and PDH – in a Layer 2/Layer 3 demarcation device.

The company has announced the availability of two new modules for its MEF CE 2.0-certified ETX-2 and ETX-2i routers and Carrier Ethernet demarcation devices. A VDSL2 module enables the transmission of up to 400 Mbps of traffic over bonded copper links while providing the same service level (SLA) guarantees that otherwise would be available over fibre optic infrastructure. A GPON module enables the transmission of up to 1Gbps of traffic over passive optical Ethernet.

“VDSL2 is a logical alternative for supplying high bandwidth for large business customers and mobile backhaul networks in areas unserved or underserved by fibre, while GPON enables fibre to be utilised economically where it does exist,” states Ulik Broida, RAD’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “With these modules, service providers will be able to reach more end-customers and markets that until now have been untapped, while guaranteeing quality of service (QoS) and simplifying their operations,” he adds. “For their part, of course, end users will benefit from higher bandwidth delivered with full service assurance.”

Lowers TCO
An additional benefit for service providers is the ability to reduce total cost of ownership by optimising stock. “Deployment of the same vendor solution for fibre and copper significantly lowers total cost of ownership (TCO) by simplifying training, integration and management,” Broida adds. “In typical projects, these savings can reach millions of dollars, and that’s welcome news for any service provider.”

“GPON has been highly successful in many markets as an access technology for both FTTH and as backhaul for fast copper such as VDSL2,” concurs Simon Sherrington, Contributing Analyst with Heavy Reading. “Both technologies will continue to be important for many years in business as well as residential deployments as bandwidth demands grow and operators look to leverage the capacity of installed copper and fibre plant and reach new customers.”

The introduction of VDSL2 and GPON into RAD’s CE 2.0-certified Layer 2/Layer 3 demarcation devices expands the scope of its SAA solutions, which help business service providers, wholesale carriers and mobile operators increase their revenues and lower TCO throughout the service lifecycle. Based on a rich set of tools, SAA facilitates the planning, deployment, provisioning, and maintenance of existing and new services, allowing operators to offer a resilient, always-on service with predictable QoS and better QoE.

About RAD
RAD is a global Telecom Access solutions and products vendor. Our Service Assured Access solutions for mobile, business and wholesale service providers are designed to improve the way they compete: service agility to minimise time to revenue, complete visibility of network performance for greater operational efficiency and better QoE to reduce churn. We are at the forefront of pioneering technologies, such as: Distributed NFV, MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0, Layer 2 and Layer 3 performance monitoring, hardware miniaturisation, and timing synchronisation over packets.


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The Kenton Group are a partner of RAD. For more information contact us on +44(0)1322 552000 or email us.

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