September 07, 2011
By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, IP Communications Magazines
MegaPath (News - Alert) is using a combination of ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000 and NetVanta gear, including some products that have yet to be formally unveiled, to deliver what the companies say is unprecedented carrier Ethernet-based capacity over copper connections. The effort is also noteworthy, they say, in that it will elevate MegaPath to be the single largest nationwide Ethernet services provider as of mid 2012.
Currently, MegaPath is using ADTRAN (News - Alert) gear to deliver 20mbps connectivity over copper in the Los Angeles market, but the company is building out such service to 15 markets, says Aamir Hussain, senior vice president and CTO at MegaPath. In addition to the geographical expansion, MegaPath’s partnership with ADTRAN will enable it to ratchet up copper-supported carrier Ethernet connections in any of its markets to 100mbps symmetrical or even as high as 400mbps asymmetrical by leveraging VDSL2 running over up to eight copper pairs, adds Hussain, noting that will happen as customers demand and loop distances allow.
Having this kind of flexibility and expandability is important, adds Hussain, given that only about 22 percent of buildings are fed by fiber.
Kevin Morgan (News - Alert) of ADTRAN says this announcement is yet another indication that ADTRAN continues to push the limits of copper. Up to 400mbps is six times higher than Ethernet over copper solutions typically deliver, he explains, adding that means “proximity to fiber is no longer a limiting factor” for carriers like MegaPath that want to deliver such premium carrier Ethernet offerings.
“We’ve taking the concept of bonding to offer some of these higher-grade, carrier-class premium service offerings” and without the requirement for microwave or fiber, says Morgan.
MegaPath will leverage these connections to deliver such business services as high-speed Internet access, MPLS networking, multi-site IP VPN and private data networking for large corporations.
As part of the effort, MegaPath has more than 200 central offices currently in service, plans to offer services in 400 central offices by the end of 2011, and expects to reach more than 680 central offices by June 2012.
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Edited by Rich Steeves