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July 18, 2013

Patton Starts Taking Orders for its New ForeFront 3310RC EFM DSLAM Device

By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor


Carriers, service providers, businesses and governments seeking to provide broadband Ethernet service with speeds up to 22.8 Mbps to users up to 1.6 miles/2.6 kilometers away, while leveraging existing copper infrastructure, can use Patton’s new Ethernet in the first mile (EFM) digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM) rack-card device, ForeFront 3310RC (FF3310) which is now available for order.

For those unaware, EFM signifies utilizing one of the Ethernet-family of computer network protocols between a telecommunications company and a customer's premise. The DSLAM is a network device located in the telephone exchanges of the telecommunications operators.

The new FF3310 is a G.SHDSL.bis premium services blade device, which can provide Ethernet connections to devices, such as wireless access points, IP cameras, perimeter security devices, industrial PLCs, weather-monitoring meters and many others, in private networks with speeds up to 22.8 Mbps.

“Ethernet is still expanding,” said Johnnie Grant, product manager, Patton (News - Alert), in a statement. “…reaching far beyond traditional office installations and residential LANs. By extending the useful life of existing copper circuits Patton’s EFM technology preserves public or private capital investment. Our solution lets you maximize the long-term value of what you already have.”

The latest 24-port EFM DSLAM rack-card, FF3310, provides symmetrical 5.7 Mbps per wire-pair. Implementing the advanced 2BASE-TL technology, it can bond up to 4 copper twisted-pairs to create a single 22.8 Mbps channel.

Offering adequate IP-bandwidth for premium voice, video, and data services, the new 24-line FF3310 rack card device is designed for installation in the company’s cPCI ForeFront 2U/4U/6U chassis, scaling up to 312 links per 6U chassis.

The FF3310 is equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports. This facilitates in segregating multiple private or public networks. Customers seeking to have fiber-network connectivity can order EFM DSLAM with two optional SFP slots.

Completely interoperable with any G.SHDSLbis EFM-compliant CPE device, the FF3310RC is complaint with ITU-T 991.2 G.SHDSL, G.SHDSL.bis, and IEEE (News - Alert) 802.3ah standards.

Manufactured in the U.S.A. at the company’s Maryland factory and headquarters, Patton’s new FF3310 rack card comes with the company’s Gold-standard free support at no additional charges. In addition, the company’s Platinum premium 24/7 support is also available along with the FF3310.

In the near future, Patton has plans to rollout a standalone “pizza-box” version of the EFM DSLAM, which can provide 24 bondable lines. The release of 1U rack-mountable FF3310P is expected soon.

Edited by Peter Bernstein

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