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October 25, 2013
Patton Introduces New DSLAM Options to Enable High-Speed Services Over Copper

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor

In the hotly contested network services market, the need to provide speed is imperative. Whether it is for enterprises or the mass market, fixed or wireless, customers are demanding high-speed services and are willing to switch providers to get what they desire. 

The challenge, particularly in serving residential customers, is that telecom companies’ fiber deployments have not reached all the way to the residence either because it is not their neighborhood’s turn yet, or because they live in high-cost and/or hard to reach places. Regardless of the reason, network operators need to accelerate the reach of broadband throughout their service areas or suffer the consequences. One solution that is gaining traction around the world is using VDSL2 technology to extend the life of the installed base of copper in telecom companies’ outside plant to cost-effectively enable them to offer competitive broadband services.

Gaithersburg, Md.-based Patton (News - Alert) Electronics, in recognition that one size of VDSL2 does not fit all, has introduced two new DSLAM options, that addresses a wide range of reach and rate requirements for service-provider, MTU/MDU, and campus networking.  Now available are the ForeFront 3310P G.SHDSL.bis EFM IP DSLAM and ForeFront 3210P VDSL2 DSLAM.

Designed for service-provider, campus, and MTU/MDU networks, Patton’s new DSLAMs exploit existing copper cabling to deliver high-speed—symmetrical or asymmetrical—network services. They allow operators to avoid the disruption, delay, and expense of installing new CAT5 or fiber-optic cable by leveraging common voice-grade copper cabling infrastructure already in place.

The compact, 19-inch, rack-mountable chassis are ideally suited for campus environments as well as small-to-medium carrier-providers.“There’s a lot to love about the legacy copper physical plant,” said Johnnie Grant, product manager. “Those copper wires are time-tested and reliable—not to mention paid for. Our EFM and VDSL2 DSLAM solutions make copper infrastructure a fully viable medium for delivering new-generation network services.”

Benefits being cited include:

  • Ideal for extending high-speed service beyond 5,000 feet, Patton’s FF3310P EFM DSLAM delivers symmetrical 5.7 Mbps per wire-pair over distances up to 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers). Employing advanced 2BASE-TL technology, the 24-port FF3310P EFM DSLAM bonds up to four twisted pairs into a single channel for up to 22.8 Mbps per connection—sufficient IP-bandwidth for premium voice, video, and data.
  • For ultra-fast connections over shorter distances, Patton’s FF3210P VDSL2 DSLAM offers symmetrical per-channel data rates up to 100 Mbps within 1000 feet (300 meters)—or asymmetrical 50/2 Mbps for long-range connections up to 4,600 feet (1,400 meters). Compliant with ITU-T G.993.2, the 24-port FF3210P is an ideal choice for carriers, ISPs, and system integrators delivering triple-play services over existing copper wiring.

As with all Patton solutions, the ForeFront equipment comes with Patton’s Gold-Standard Free Support at no additional charge. Patton’s Platinum Premium 24/7 Support is also available.

Last week, Patton announced the CopperLink 2300 line-bonding managed Ethernet-over-copper extender series.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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