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September 15, 2009

Patton Targets Budget-Minded Enterprises with Latest RocketLink First-Mile Ethernet Extender

By Marisa Torrieri
TMCnet Editor

For businesses that want to blast off into high-tech speed territory but are still watching their wallets, Gaithersburg, Md.-based Patton Electronics is touting its newest Ethernet extender – the RocketLink 3202 G.SHDSL EFM Customer Premise Equipment Modem.

Ideal for enterprises that want to achieve first-mile Ethernet services at up to 22.8 Mbps, RocketLink 3202 the helps bring carriers, enterprises and service provider networks up to speed. In doing so, Patton (News - Alert) said its customers have an easier time rolling out profitable broadband Ethernet services to governments, schools, business and other organizations.
“RocketLink technology preserves capital investment,” said Johnnie Grant, Patton Electronics’ product manager, “by enabling operators to deliver new revenue-generating services with the infrastructure they already have.”
According to Patton executives, the latest RocketLink model is compliant with I-EEE 802.3ah and ITU-T G.991.2 specifications, and uses pure Ethernet (EFM) technology to fuse up to four copper pairs (eight wires) onto a single communications channel. This extends connections up to 1.6 miles at symmetrical nx64 rates up to 22.8 Mbps.
As a result, customers no longer have to worry about the expense and work involved with installing fiber-optic cables, according to the company. Instead, Patton’s EFM NTU uses existing, pre-installed bundles of twisted-pair cable to deliver broadband network access in the first mile.
The RocketLink 3202 G.SHDSL EFM also features an on-board four-port fast Ethernet switch, and technology that supports four levels of priorities, traffic-flow control and rate control, according to Patton.
All of which comes just in time for companies that are overhauling their slower networks.
According to a recent report by market research firm Dell’ (News - Alert)Oro Group the Ethernet Switch market has continued to rebound, with a 20 percent sequential growth during the second quarter of this year.
 “Most vendors experienced robust growth in North America during the quarter,” said Alan Weckel, director of Ethernet switch market research at Dell’Oro Group.
“Ethernet has grown well beyond traditional local area and Enterprise-centric applications,” Grant said. “Ethernet as a WAN and network-access technology is an expanding reality.”

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Editor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan


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