A US based startup has developed what it claims to be the first integrated IP routing, Frame Relay, ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) and TDM (time division multiplexed) switch.
Tachion Networks, this week, launched the system which enables carriers to deploy bundled voice and data services. The company refers to this as a collapsed central office in a box. The system also supports SS7/C7 signaling and SONET on one platform.
"The Fusion 5000 supports both voice and data on a flexible architecture that is the first to integrate the four essential networking technologies, transport, switching, routing and signaling, onto a single compact platform," said Jeff Matros, Tachion Networks president and chief executive.
"By collapsing several packet and circuit technologies into one system, we have enabled service providers to offer more services in a small footprint, which translates into higher service margin per square foot," he said.
He added that the Collapsed Central Office, which is based on the Fusion 5000 switch, enables "incumbent" service providers to economically evolve circuit-switched networks to a packet-based infrastructure and ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are able to move beyond "fat pipe" and dial-up data to value added voice and data services.
Matros said the product is particularly intriguing because it can handle multiple communications systems within a modestly sized chassis. According to Frank Dzubeck, president of Communications Network Architects, "Service providers want to chart their own destiny instead of being at the mercy of their vendors. The ability to create almost instant service differentiation and a broad breath of services are critical keys for success in the next generation services marketplace."
Several different types of service providers, including MCI Worldcom and Comcast Cable, are evaluating the Fusion 5000. The company expects to compete against packet/circuit switch vendors including Castle Networks, Transmedia, Sonus Networks and Convergent Networks.
Following the shipment of a new router card in October, the company will also compete with edge-routing specialists Shasta Networks and Redstone Communications. Central office players such as Lucent and Nortel are expected to be its toughest competition.
Founded in 1996 by former Bell Labs engineer Satish Sharma, the company, which includes talent from Lucent Technologies, Cisco Systems and Siemens, recently closed $8 million in first round funding.
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