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Actelis Connecting People to the Digital Age

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March 16, 2011

Actelis Connecting People to the Digital Age

By Jaclyn Allard, TMCnet Web Editor

The digital age is upon us, as was adamantly expressed during U.S. President Barack Obama’s Jan. 25 State of the Union Address. Obama addressed the American people, commenting on the recession’s hard hit to American morale:

“[The] world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful. I've seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts on once busy Main Streets. I've heard it in the frustrations of Americans who've seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear — proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game….The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills that once needed 1,000 workers can now do the same work with 100. Today, just about any company can set up shop, hire workers, and sell their products wherever there's an Internet connection.”

Therefore, it only makes sense to push for the growth of high-speed wireless coverage. President Obama expressed his belief that within five years we can make it possible for businesses to deploy the next-generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans. The main goal here is to connect every part of America to the digital age. However, there appears to be some public debate on whether the task is possible since airwaves are a finite resource and demand is almost limitless.

President Obama urged us to remember that “It's about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. It's about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.”

Actelis Networks, a global supplier of Ethernet over copper solutions, has decided to take part in this nationwide demand for connectivity. Today, March 16, it introduces a new product line of Broadband Accelerators (BBAs), extending the rate and reach of high-speed broadband services to residential subscribers with insufficient or no access to these services.

A wide area network (WAN) is generally deployed to offer communication links across metropolitan, regional, or national boundaries; and like any other traditional networks they are connected via a wired infrastructure. In order to overcome the limitations of wired networks, wireless WANs were designed. Providers, in order to make their services reach very remote areas where a wired network is out of the question, opt for satellite connectivity. Security, cost, and throughput issues, however, make satellite connections least desirable.

Therefore, Actelis’ (News - Alert) family of BBAs may be best in solving the critical problem faced by service providers around the world for years: how to deliver high-speed broadband services to millions of subscribers who are out of reach because of their geographic location from a central office, exchange terminal or remote DSLAM, and to do so with a cost-effective solution. Actelis’ family of BBAs provides an economical alternative to the high cost of deploying new remote DSLAMs, which do not scale profitably for regions at the edge of the customer servicing area. Many large carriers also are challenged to bring fiber to the home due to unwieldy costs, while current DSL technologies have bandwidth restrictions at long distances, resulting in limited coverage.

Line-powered by the existing POTS infrastructure, Actelis’ ROHS6-compliant BBAs have minimal power requirements, requiring no additional equipment and reducing a carrier’s operational expenses. The Actelis BBAs are the only fully standards-based ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+ loop extenders available in the market, enabling the delivery of broadband services to virtually every location throughout a carrier’s footprint.

Ioannis Kanellakopoulos, chief technical officer at Actelis, believes the company’s new product line will make a significant impact, as evidenced by field trials conducted with domestic and international service providers since 2009. “Field trials have included delivering high-speed Internet and video services to rural areas,” said Kanellakopoulos. “These field trials clearly prove that, when using an Actelis Broadband Accelerator, ADSL-based broadband coverage can be increased by more than 50 percent, with rates boosted by as much as 100 percent on typical loops, and more than 300 percent on very long loops. Moreover, thanks to the unique expertise of Actelis in the areas of crosstalk management and spectral compliance, these improvements are obtained without any noticeable impact on neighboring ADSL lines.”

The release of Actelis’ new BBAs comes at a critical time for international service providers and nearly 800 ILECs across the U.S. The first National Broadband map, recently released by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), illustrates that a digital divide still exists in America, particularly in large areas across the southern and western areas of the country – something hard to believe in this digital age.

Jaclyn Allard is a TMCnet Web Editor. She most recently worked on the production team at Juran Institute, a quality consulting firm producing its own training and marketing materials. Previously, she interned at Curbstone Press, a nonprofit publishing press in Willimantic, CT, and fulfilled the role of Editor-in-Chief for the literature and arts journal published by the University of Connecticut. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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