Broadband network access specialist ADC Kentrox claims it has "blown wide open the myth that frame relay is limited to low speeds". It has incorporated T3/E3 speed frame relay capabilities in its AAC-3 ATM access concentrator.
"In reality, frame relay has always been practical at speeds to at least T3/E3. over the next few years, frame relay at T3/E3 and fractional T3/E3 should become a major segment in the broadband market," commented Steven Taylor, an analyst at Distributed Networking Associates.
The new capability should benefit carriers and corporate network designers, claims ADC Kentrox. It allows carriers to increase their backbone speed to ATM to relieve bottlenecks. The AAC-3 is the only product available that can deliver T3/E3 frame relay services to multiple customers and then concentrate and switch all the traffic directly to an ATM backbone. The AAC-3 now supports speeds from 56Kbps to T3/E3 and the backbone can be upgraded to either T3/E3 or ATM by connecting the AAC-3 to existing low speed frame relay switches.
For corporate sites, the AAC-3 provides frame relay access to the wide area network by connecting multiple frame relay lines to a faster service. The AAC-3 can be used as a concentrator for frame relay or ATM as the network evolves.
The new module wll ship in December, with US prices ranging from $6,500 to $55,000 depending on configuration.
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