Actelis enhances EoC solution, adds new customer

Actelis thinks that there's even more juice that a carrier can squeeze out of the copper line to deliver Ethernet in the First Mile services. To achieve that goal, the vendor is incorporating two new innovations--Dynamic Rate Boost (DRB) and Dynamic Spectral Shaping (DSS)--into its product portfolio.

With DRB, Actelis can apparently offer a 2x increase in rate and reach over existing copper with fewer repeaters and less pairs. Although actual performance will depend on the condition of the copper and noise environment, with DRB, a service provide could deliver up to 15 Mbps of bandwidth on a single copper pair.

Just the same, Actelis' enhanced DSS capabilities enable its existing XR239 EFM Repeater product line to deliver up to 15 Mbps per single copper pair and more than 100 Mbps via eight-pair bonded copper links. What could be comforting to existing service providers is that the DSS technology is compliant with traditional industry standards and regional spectral requirements, meaning it won't impact either the performance of EFM or residential ADSL, ADSL2+ and VDSL2 services. Service providers could also deploy repeaters deeper into the access network to expand their reach of EFM services or for DSLAM or wireless backhaul.

Joe Manuele Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Customer Support for Actelis said he sees three main drivers for the new technology: DSLAM backhaul, E1/T1 replacement, and increasingly femtocell backhaul.

As cable gets more aggressive in the business market, North American carriers are looking to find a way they can offer more bandwidth over existing copper beyond the 1.5 Mbps speeds offered on a traditional T1 circuit. "North American carriers are facing tremendous pressure from the cable operators with their DOCSIS play," Manuele said. "We actually have some tier 2 service provider customers that are saying they are not going to sell T1s anymore and one in particular is going to replace their T1 offering with 5 Mbps symmetric services and sell it at the same price as T1 service."

In related news, Actelis also announced that UK-based KCom is deploying Actelis' ML600 series of intelligent Ethernet Access Devices (EADs) and Ethernet aggregation systems to deliver EFM services. Over existing copper that it's renting through UK's Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) arrangement, Kcom will deliver 8.5 Mbps services to enterprise and government customers.

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