The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2006-05-09T18:39:00Z RAD Data Communications Joins the IP Alliance 2006-05-09T18:39:00Z rad-data-communications-joins-the-ip-alliance Virginia-based iDirect Technologies, which designs and manufactures a two-way broadband IP access over satellite solution and distributes it through a worldwide network of service providers and network operators, has admitted RAD Data Communications as an application partner in its IP Alliance. IP Alliance Application Partners are industry leading network software and equipment developers and manufacturers that are committed to delivering best-of-class solutions to the enterprise community. iDirect Technologies works closely with Alliance members to promote the interoperability of its technology with industry leading networking companies to extend full turnkey enterprise class solutions to locations where terrestrial connections are unavailable, take too long to implement or are too costly. The RAD products that have been declared interoperable with IP-over-satellite applications are the Vmux-400 A-bis and A-ter GSM optimisation gateway and the Vmux-2100 voice trunking gateway. Reduces Opex Across the Entire Backhaul Pathway The Vmux-400 improves mobile network resources by enabling up to 3:1 bandwidth optimisation, as well as a 2:1 reduction in the number of E1 ports required. RADs Vmux-2100 voice trunking gateway provides A (BSC-to-MSC) interface and E (MSC-to-MSC/PSTN) interface optimisation, offering compression rates of up to 16:1. Both products are adapted to function in a terrestrial, satellite or microwave environment over Ethernet/IP/MPLS packet-switched networks, or TDM-based transport. Used together, RADs Vmux solutions significantly reduce operating expenses (Opex) across the entire backhaul pathway while enabling cellular operators to expand their network infrastructure and introduce new services without incurring additional leased line costs. About iDirect Technologies A Vision Technologies Systems Company, iDirect designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, and ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. In addition, iDirect solutions offer unprecedented efficiencies, increased revenue opportunities and higher per customer gross margins to satellite network operators. iDirect is headquartered in Herndon, VA., and has regional offices in Europe, Asia and covering Latin America. Additional company information is available at www.idirect.net. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 8,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com RAD Closes 2005 with US$150 Million in Global Sales 2006-02-22T15:43:00Z rad-closes-2005-with-us-150-million-in-global-sales Increase of 10% over 2004; Orders Increase 14% Australian sales and orders increase by 30% Announces first-to-market carrier-class Ethernet solutions Sydney, 22 February 2006 Privately held RAD Data Communications, internationally recognised as a leading manufacturer of network access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications, today announced total revenue for 2005 reached US$150 million, an increase of more than 10 percent over the previous years figures. Orders in 2005 rose 14 percent over 2004. In Australia, RAD has experienced very strong growth, with both sales and orders increasing by 30 percent over 2004. RAD Datas Australian Managing Director, Udi Furman said that the Australian market was very robust, and continued to show strength in 2005 with growing investments in all telecom sectors. RAD Australia has also focused on developing and maintaining existing contacts within our customer base, as well as building local relationships with worldwide partners such as Alcatel, Huawei, Siemens and Nortel. This has resulted in some substantial contract opportunities, Mr Furman said. We continue to be very optimistic about the strength of the Australian market. Efraim Wachtel, President and CEO of RAD Data Communications said that the companys growth in 2005 reflects strong channel results over a broad geographical area; significant repeat customer purchases; and solid market penetration for devices released at the end of the previous year. This upward trend is expected to accelerate in the coming years as the company rolls out additional product solutions that support multiple services over a variety of physical interfaces and across different network technologies. RAD is focusing its corporate activity on segments with high growth potential such as carrier Ethernet access, pseudo-wire emulation and cellular backhaul. We are also continuing to invest in mature technologies that serve users whose applications rely on traditional network configurations, he said. Carrier-Class Ethernet This year, RAD will unveil the worlds first-to-market pre-standard implementation of ITU Y.1731 and IEEE 802.1ag, which define new end-to-end, carrier-class Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) tools for Ethernet networks. These new capabilities enable Ethernet service providers to proactively monitor their service end-to-end, an advantage that both minimises operational expenses and allows guaranteeing SLAs with customers. In addition, RAD has become the first manufacturer in the world to offer a series of miniaturised Fast Ethernet-over-PDH and SDH/SONET connectivity devices housed in standard SFP (Small Form-factor Pluggable) packages. These miniature products can be plugged into any regular MSA (Multi-Source Agreement) compatible socket to provide remote bridging over E1/T1 and E3/T3 lines. RAD has taken the lead in helping carriers and their business customers to benefit from rapid, low-cost deployment of Ethernet-based services over any network infrastructure, Wachtel said. RAD has been working hand-in-hand with other leading vendors and major service providers to standardise the technology and service definitions for the emerging carrier Ethernet access network. RADs customers include organisations in industry, finance, the military, education, transportation, commerce, public utilities and telecommunications. The company also works closely with leading carriers and service providers to supply system solutions and expertise for building public and private access networks for virtually any technology over any infrastructure. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 8,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com. RAD Joins Other Vendors to Demonstrate Interoperable Converged MPLS Services at MPLS World Congress 2006-02-10T16:44:00Z rad-joins-other-vendors-to-demonstrate-interoperable-converged-mpls-services-at-mpls-world-congress RAD Data Communications is one of fifteen vendors participating in a live demonstration of interoperability, resiliency, multicast, and Quality of Service (QoS) assured MPLS network services to support emerging triple-play and business applications that is taking place this week at the MPLS World Congress in Paris. The demonstration, which incorporates 30 different devices, was organised by the European Advanced Networking Test Center in Berlin, Germany (EANTC) with support from the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) and endorsed by the MFA Forum. Participants, of which four are taking part for the first time, include Agilent Technologies, Alcatel, BATM Advanced Communications, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Huawei Technologies, Ixia, Lucent Technologies, MRV Communications, Nortel, Riverstone Networks, Spirent Communications, Tellabs, and Tpack, in addition to RAD. The demonstration showcases the results of a hot-staging event that took place at EANTC labs in Berlin last month and focuses on converged residential and business network services implemented and supported by an MPLS network. The demand for a converged, multi-vendor backbone supporting new and legacy services requires stable protocols that can offer resilience and detection alongside packet prioritisation, bandwidth reservation and guaranteed delivery. MPLS multi-vendor interoperability remains a strong concern for service providers as converged backbones are being increasingly deployed, said Carsten Rossenhoevel, Managing Director of Research and Manufacturer Testing at EANTC AG and MFA Interoperability Working Group chair. We revisited network protection interoperability and verified QoS-enabled routing, a mandatory precondition for the upcoming RFCs on integrated MPLS quality and differentiated services (DiffServ-TE). The test helped to improve the interoperability readiness of participating vendors substantially. Access is a Major Issue Recent MPLS developments clearly demonstrate that access is a major issue, added Dr. Yuri Gittik, Chief Strategy Officer at RAD Data Communications. To fully utilise benefits of powerful MPLS infrastructure, relevant access solutions should be developed and carefully evaluated, Gittik explained. At the interoperability event, therefore, RAD will be focusing on two novel access solutions - access pseudo-wires and carrier-class Ethernet access. Access pseudo-wires are used to emulate Layer 1 (TDM) and Layer 2 (ATM) services and form multi-segment pseudo-wires with MPLS-based monitoring and control capabilities. Carrier-class Ethernet access features pre-standard support of ITU-T Y.1731/ IEEE 802.1ag Ethernet OAM (Operation, Administration and Maintenance), which are used for end-to-end control as well as path protection over MPLS core. In addition, the Ethernet access enables TDM support according to MEF 8 (SAToP encapsulation). The public showcase in Paris is also highlighting network services such as BGP-based VPNs, Ethernet, ATM, TDM, and multi-segment pseudo-wires and VPLS (multipoint-to-multipoint Ethernet service). About the MFA Forum The MFA Forum is an international, industry-wide, nonprofit association of service providers, equipment vendors and enterprise users. The focus of the Forum is to advance the deployment of multi-vendor, multi-service packet-based networks, associated applications, and interworking solutions for telecommunications and networking. The Forum is driving the convergence of ATM, Frame Relay and IP/MPLS technologies in the global telecom industry through interoperability initiatives, implementation agreements, and educational and marketing resources and programs. The Forum currently has more than 60 members. About EANTC The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) offers vendor-neutral network test facilities for manufacturers, service providers, and enterprise customers. Primary business areas include interoperability, conformance, and performance testing for IP, MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, and Voice over IP-related network technologies and applications. EANTC provides network-related services including consulting and seminars for MPLS and other networking technologies. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 8,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com. Vatican City Deploys RAD Ethernet Access Solution 2006-01-17T14:30:00Z vatican-city-deploys-rad-ethernet-access-solution The Telephone Service of the Vatican State, which is responsible for the study, installation and management of the telecommunications infrastructure in Vatican City, has deployed a series of Ethernet access solutions from RAD Data Communications, a leader in innovative access solutions and network transitions for service providers and enterprises around the world The devices have more than satisfied our requirements, reported an official of the Telephone Service of the Vatican State. They have demonstrated a high degree of reliability, and the configuration parameters indicate maximum flexibility and functionality. RADs ETX-102 and ETX-202 Ethernet media converters, its Egate-20 channelised Ethernet gateway and RICi-E1 intelligent converter are being used to transport reliable and resilient Ethernet services over the Holy Sees fibre optic telecommunications network. Although the Telephone Service of the Vatican State did not disclose the precise nature of their application, the RAD products that are deployed are typically used for purposes of service termination and demarcation. This allows the operator to maintain a distinct separation of traffic from different customers and offer services such as interoffice LAN connectivity, Internet access and virtual private networks (VPNs). This approach extends the service providers reach over fibre while facilitating management of differentiated services up to the customer premises. The RAD products were supplied and integrated by C.I.E. Telematica, RADs authorised distributor in Italy. RADs Ethernet access solution is robust and stable, noted Marco Castelli, who heads C.I.E. Telematicas Rome office. We are honoured that the Telephone Service of the Vatican State selected RAD products for this application. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 9,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 23 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com RAD Launches New Customer-Located Demarcation Router for Delivering IP VPN Services over Full or Fractional E1 Links at Wire Speed 2005-11-17T16:49:00Z rad-launches-new-customer-located-demarcation-router-for-delivering-ip-vpn-services-over-full-or-fractional-e1-links-at-wire-speed RAD Data Communications has announced the release of the FCD-IPL, a compact and competitively priced E1 access unit with an integrated IP router. The integrated router supports the PPP WAN protocol and uses static routing, as well as RIPS I and II routing protocols, making this device a solution for deploying Internet services up to 2 Mbps as well as IP VPN and Ethernet leased line services. Facilitates Layer 3 VPN Deployment Layer 3 VPN services are gaining in popularity as small and medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprise branch offices look for ways to increase productivity while reducing communication expenses not associated with their core business. Service providers, for their part, are seeking to increase revenue streams and gain market share by leveraging their IP/MPLS backbone networks to offer enterprise customers value-added IP VPN connectivity solutions, including VoIP. Needless to say, large-scale IP VPN deployment to SMBs and branch offices will take place over existing copper loop and require dedicated customer-located demarcation devices that incorporate high-performance traffic management and diagnostic capabilities yet are cost-effective enough to reduce Capex to a minimum, explains Meira Erez, Product Line Manager at RAD Data Communications. This is exactly what the FCD-IPL is designed for, she adds. Advanced QoS Features Allow Service Differentiation for VoIP, Video and Data Services The FCD-IPL forwards Ethernet traffic at wire speed, enabling full use of the 2 Mbps E1 link. Quality of Service is assured, based on standard class of service definitions per IP precedence (ToS) or DSCP. The user traffic is assigned to five distinct priority queues: one strict priority queue for VoIP and video applications and four weighted fair queues (WFQs) for data. The strict priority queue traffic is forwarded to the WAN link before traffic from any WFQ, minimizing delay and maintaining the quality of the transmission. All WFQs have the same priority, but each queue receives a minimum guaranteed data rate. The advanced QoS features enable service providers to deploy services such as IP Centrex with VoIP as well as Internet access and Ethernet leased line services, adds Erez. Powerful Traffic Management and Diagnostics Capabilities for High Availability Powerful traffic management and diagnostics capabilities place the FCD-IPL in a class by itself. A bi-directional fault propagation mechanism constantly monitors the status of the network and user connections. If a failure is detected on one of the interfaces, the FCD-IPL automatically shuts down the other port. This enables the service provider (or user) to quickly re-route traffic over a back-up link. When the failed connection is re-established, the FCD-IPL restores the inactive link automatically. The FCD-IPL can be managed via Telnet, Web-based applications and SNMP. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com Time Warner Cable selects RAD Data Communications for TDM service delivery over metro ethernet 2005-11-07T06:00:00Z time-warner-cable-selects-rad-data-communications-for-tdm-service-delivery-over-metro-ethernet RAD Data Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable, a division of Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) have announced the deployment of RADs TDMoIP pseudowire technology as part of Time Warner Cables rapidly growing metro Ethernet service offering in their Houston, Texas market. RADs IPmux family of TDMoIP gateways enable customers to take advantage of Time Warner Cables economical and reliable Ethernet services while providing integrated support for existing TDM services over the same Ethernet transport network. RADs IPmux family supports TDMoIP pseudowiresthe ability to transparently transport TDM circuits such as T1 and T3 across Ethernet, IP or MPLS networks. RAD is the global leader in pseudowire solutions with over 30,000 ports shipped over the past several years. With thousands of miles of fiber deployed for their private network in Texas, Time Warner Cable had the vision to build a high-speed metro Ethernet solution, providing customers with an attractive alternative to incumbent local access service providers. We likely have the largest contiguous and completely independent fiber network in the metro space servicing enterprise and carrier customerswere completely independent of Bell facilities and span the geography currently served by at least five separate ILECs here in the Houston metropolitan area, said Chuck Sweeney, VP of Business Solutions for Time Warner Cable-Houston. The Need To Support Legacy Services It became apparent that despite the huge demand for Ethernet to support existing and emerging IP applications, many customers still require T1 and T3 interfaces to support legacy TDM equipment. As a result, Time Warner Cable undertook a formal process to evaluate various pseudowire solutions and to select a provider to support TDM-over-Ethernet across the Time Warner Cable Metro Ethernet network. According to Mr. Sweeney, We decided we needed to do a vendor bake-off and to perform a formal network trial. We had to make sure the vendor we buy from is financially stable, that they have adequate support capabilities, and that we could count on them to support our customer applications over the long term. We also wanted a provider that can service other Time Warner Cable technology needs. Following exhaustive laboratory testing with multiple vendor solutions, and a subsequent three-month, live, on-network trial, RADs IPmux was ultimately selected for deployment in Time Warner Cables network to support customer pseudowire applications. The success of the trial has made a large impact on our revenue forecast for the coming years, said Mr. Sweeney. Cellular Backhaul One of Time Warner Cables first customers for integrated Ethernet and TDM access was a large, nationwide cellular telephone provider. Since the costs for backhauling traffic from cell towers to Mobile Switching Centers (MSCs) accounts for a large percentage of operators ongoing costs, there is a high demand for efficient, cost-effective solutions. The majority of existing cellular towers use 2G technology that typically require T1 circuits for backhaul. Time Warner Cable saw the potential of offering low-cost Ethernet connections to the cellular operators in their region. With the Time Warner Cable service, operators have access to high bandwidth, low latency Ethernet connections for tower-to-MSC connectivity and use RADs IPmux pseudowire solution to transport the TDM traffic across the same Ethernet link. Cellular traffic is extremely sensitive to latency and packet loss. RADs IPmux leads the industry with ASIC-based performance ensuring very low latency with jitter buffers starting at 0.5ms and adaptive clock recovery accurate to within 16 parts per billion. The link redundancy feature helps provide Time Warner Cables customers with rapid failover and reliable TDM transport. The Key to Success As many providers rush into the market to deliver Ethernet services, some question how they will differentiate themselves. Working with RAD, Time Warner Cable has successfully positioned themselves as a strategic partner to their customers, not simply a vendor of bandwidth. What weve been able to do is give our customers a path to fully migrate them to the long term advantages of Ethernet without requiring then to acquire any new skill sets or headcount within their organizations. We gave them a complete solution that addressed all their requirements, concluded Mr. Sweeney. <ends> About Time Warner Cable Time Warner Cable is Houstons leading cable communications company with approximately 730,000 customers in the Houston metro area. The company has built its reputation on providing customers with 24-hour local service, a vast variety of entertainment choices including local programming of special interest, and a satisfaction guarantee. Time Warner Cable has invested approximately $350 million in its Houston-area network to bring customers state-of-the-art services such as digital cable, high-speed Internet service and HDTV. Time Warner Cable is a division of Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), the worlds first Internet-powered media and communications company, whose industry-leading businesses include interactive services, cable systems, publishing, music, TV networks and filmed entertainment. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 9,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 23 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications sites: www.rad.com and www.tdmoip.com RAD Intelligent Converters Connect Telefnicas IP DSLAMs over Conventional Dedicated Circuits 2005-09-13T20:28:00Z rad-intelligent-converters-connect-telefnicas-ip-dslams-over-conventional-dedicated-circuits RAD Data Communications has announced that it is supplying Telefnica Deutschland GmbH. with the technology to connect its Ethernet-based infrastructure transparently over conventional dedicated circuits. A German vendor of integrated data and telecommunication solutions for business users, Telefnica Deutschland is in the process of extending its nationwide broadband infrastructure for ISPs. With a full-coverage, nationwide MPLS-based backbone in place, Telefnica is in the process of setting up an unbundled local loop platform. By the middle of next year, as many as 40 percent of households in Germany will be connected. Service providers will be able to offer broadband services like ADSL 2+ and multimedia services like Triple Play on this advanced, Ethernet-based DSL infrastructure. Missing Link By the end of next year, a total of some 1,600 IP DSLAMs will be interconnected on Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) lines to create ring-type metropolitan networks, mostly on dark fiber. However, dark fiber is not available at every IP DSLAM location. Telefnica Deutschland, therefore, will have to bridge this missing link by renting third-party carriers SDH lines to carry the Ethernet traffic. In order to be equipped and ready to meet tomorrows requirements, the company went hunting for an affordable product that would not just work transparently, but also support multicast traffic on such an infrastructure. RADs RIC 155GE Ethernet-over-SDH converters were selected to connect the GbE interfaces over that SDH infrastructure. When rolling out new services, rapid time-to-market is a crucial factor, notes Ramon Horkany, RIC-155GE Product Manager at RAD. In places where you dont have your own Ethernet or IP lines for DSLAM backhaul, and no dark fiber is available either, you can use widely available SDH networks instead, Horkany adds. Renting dedicated circuits is often more economical than setting up your own complete infrastructure, not least because current price trends are very much in your favor, he explains. Affordable, Simple Solution Ingo Stampe, Director Networks at Telefnica in Deutschland, agrees. Of all the solutions we tested, RADs RIC-155GE proved to be the most affordable when it came to running Gigabit Ethernet over SDH lines, he states. What also convinced Telefnica was the converters simplicity. The RIC-155GE is plug-and-play and SNMP-enabled, and installation, training and maintenance all involve minimal effort. The converters can transport any Ethernet traffic, including multicast traffic, transparently on conventional SDH lines using the entire available bandwidth. Conventional Telephony over Gigabit Ethernet Telefnicas telephony customers, too who are currently serviced on Deutsche Telekom interconnection connections (so-called ICAs) are also to be hooked up to the new metropolitan networks via the IP DSLAMs. Given that ICA service crossover points are also situated at a number of IP DSLAM locations, these too are to be carried over the IP DSLAM infrastructure. Calculations showed that it would not be worthwhile to set up an SDH metro network parallel to the GbE network at smaller crossover points equipped with just four to eight E1 interfaces. RAD was also able to offer a cost-effective solution for this as well. Its IPmux series of TDMoIP gateways can transport E1 lines and phone calls, including signaling data, transparently using a free GbE interface at the IP DSLAM. This means that additional capital investment in SDH lines can focus on major crossover points. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 9,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 23 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. New Network Termination Unit Allows Service Providers to Leverage Existing ATM Infrastructure for New High Speed Ethernet Services 2005-08-29T19:01:00Z new-network-termination-unit-allows-service-providers-to-leverage-existing-atm-infrastructure-for-new-high-speed-ethernet-services RAD Data Communications has announced the release of the ACE-201, an attractively priced network termination unit (NTU) that allows service providers to deliver new high speed Gigabit Ethernet services over their existing ATM infrastructure. As customer premises-located equipment (CPE), the ACE-201 also defines a demarcation point between the providers network and the customer premises. This provides the dual benefits of end-to-end traffic and network management control for the operator with no exposure to the ATM network for the user. Alternatively, the ACE-201 can serve as a traffic concentrator to enable enterprises to take advantage of public ATM networks for their Ethernet-based internetworking. Many leading carriers are heavily invested in ATM technology, says Robert Bell, Product Line Manager at RAD Data Communications. ACE-201 lets them leverage their existing infrastructure to offer popular new high-capacity Ethernet services and generate new revenues without making any further capital investments. With this NTU, there is no need for changes in the edge or the core networks, so deployment time is short, and costs and risks are minimal, continues Bell. IP DSLAM backhauling One of the biggest challenges for providers here in Australia is the need to connect the IP DSLAMs over their existing ATM network, said Udi Furman, Managing Director, RAD Australia. The ACE-201 can be used to backhaul IP DSLAMs over ATM network at a cost-effective price. Fast Connection and Complete Interoperability The ACE-201 ATM uplink has a standard STM-1/OC-3c interface supporting service speeds of up to 155 Mbps and is available with single mode 1310 nm, short or long haul fiber interface. This allows for fast deployment by connection to an existing ATM switch STM-1/OC-3c port. The single Gigabit Ethernet user port comes with a choice of copper or fiber interface. The Ethernet frame size can be up to 1594 bytes to allow special formats, including ISL and stacked VLANs. The ACE 201 is compatible with other RAD ACE family products and can interoperate with any third-party ATM device or network. It also supports OAM functionality per ITU-T I.610 to help reduce operational costs by providing end-to-end traffic manageability and fault localization. Map any IP VLAN to any ATM VC The ACE-201 supports four different ATM service classes: CBR, VBR, GFR, and UBR. The service providers can assign each virtual connection (VC) to one of these service classes, define the QoS parameters and shape the traffic accordingly. By limiting the port ATM egress rate, service providers can control the total bandwidth provided to each user. These features enables providers to ensure Ethernet traffic separation and prioritization and offer varying service level agreement (SLA) contracts, thus generating more revenues from their existing infrastructure. Fast Installation and Easy Management Reduce Opex With a plug-and-play installation that doesnt require any pre-configuration or on-site setup, the 1U high, compact ACE-201 is easy to deploy, saving on both technician time and expenses. When plugged into the network, ACE-201 automatically learns both its own (host) and the NMS (manager) IP addresses, allowing the device to be configured from a remote site. Central management, including monitoring, configuration, fault isolation and collecting network statistics, can be proficiently performed with the RADview SNMP applications running over UNIX or PC platforms with a graphical, user-friendly display. A CORBA interface provides easy integration with third-party management. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 9,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 23 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com. RAD Rolls Out Intelligent Converters for Fast Ethernet-over-E3 Connectivity 2005-08-23T15:57:00Z rad-rolls-out-intelligent-converters-for-fast-ethernet-over-e3-connectivity RAD Data Communications has introduced the RICi-E3, an affordable intelligent converter that connects Fast Ethernet LAN over E3 circuits. They enable service providers and ISPs to provide transparent Ethernet services without interfering with user traffic. Although Fast Ethernet can connect directly to Next Generation SDH backbones, this isnt the case for the majority of the hundreds of thousands of existing SDH rings that are based on current SDH technology, explains Ramon Horkany, Product Line Manager at RAD. Furthermore, some local or regional carriers or ISPs dont own their own SDH infrastructure, or they have a network which doesnt reach a particular area, and need to lease lines from other carriers to provide Fast Ethernet services to the customer. The RICi-E3 supports unframed E3 circuits and an Ethernet user port. The 802.1p priority scheme enables users to define different levels of Quality of Service (QoS) according to the application requirements. "A managed Fast Ethernet-to-E3 converter is a unique offering in the market and a highly cost effective solution to terminating Fast Ethernet over E3," said Udi Furman, Managing Director, RAD Australia. "The RICi-E3 represents an ideal managed alternative for the many microwave links requiring the provision of Fast Ethernet services. The bridges can work in filter mode where they learn MAC addresses and filters local traffic or in transparent mode where any received packet will be forward to the other interface. A VLAN tag stacking option enables transporting user traffic transparently, keeping all the user VLAN settings intact. In cases of error conditions on the TDM port, a fault propagation feature tears down the link integrity on the Fast Ethernet port. This indicates the error conditions to the Ethernet device connected to the RICi-E3 and enables a connected router to automatically reroute traffic if required. SNMP Fault Management RADview Lite, RADs new RADview service package, provides SNMP fault management, including SNMP traps, status polling and TFTP-based software and configuration download. Remote element management is available either through the ConfiguRAD Web-based application or Telnet. The devices are managed in-band from the Fast Ethernet user port or remotely through the TDM port. Management traffic and user Ethernet traffic are transported together on the same Ethernet flow, separated by different VLANs. This provides complete separation between user traffic and the management traffic, ensuring management and user traffic security. DHCP client support is employed to automatically obtain IP address, IP mask and default gateway, saving precious installation time. Diagnostic Tools for TDM and Ethernet Networks The RICi-E3 supports diagnostic tools for TDM and Ethernet networks, for fast isolation of network problems, saving time and costs. Remote and local loopbacks enable isolating problems on the physical layer, while ping, trace-route and ICMP messages enable diagnostics of the Ethernet layer. The RICi-E3 joins RADs unique set of Ethernet access solutions, which also include the RICi-E1 for Fast Ethernet LAN connectivity over E1 lines. RADs Ethernet access products enable service provisioning and carrier backhaul applications over low and high speed SDH and PDH circuits from fractional and full E1, E3 to STM-1. This comprehensive product range positions RAD as a single source supplier for carrier and campus applications. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 9,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 23 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com RAD Recommends Cost Cutting Methods for Australian Telcos 2005-08-01T15:24:00Z rad-recommends-cost-cutting-methods-for-australian-telcos Telecommunications providers around the world face two similar challenges the need to cut transmission costs in order to operate successfully and the need to provide competitive offerings to customers. Recent media reports on the plans of the newly-appointed Telstra CEO have focused on the need for cost cutting and tier two and three telecommunications providers also recognise that transmission costs are the most expensive aspect in service delivery. Next Generation Ethernet networks and Pseudowire Ethernet services are becoming an essential service to the Australian market. PDH network costs have also been dramatically reduced in recent months, making both PDH and SDH networks more attractive for delivering Next Generation Ethernet services. To meet the needs of telecommunications providers, RAD Data Communications has introduced several innovative methods of generating considerable savings with its range of cross-generation solutions. RADs Egate Ethernet over E1 gateway provides a cost effective, dedicated solution interconnecting TDM and packet-switched networks. It enables service providers to provide transparent Layer 2 VPN services, reduces equipment costs and simplifies network maintenance. Service providers can benefit from significant savings by using these types of dedicated solutions and connect packet switched networks with traditional networks to reach customers, said Udi Furman, General Manager, RAD Data Australia. For telecommunications companies providing Ethernet services to small and medium businesses by leasing E1 lines from other operators, cross-generation solutions provide a more cost effective alternative and help to reduce costs across the board. According to Furman, RAD products are also very competitively priced in comparison to other similar solutions on offer to the Australian market. RADs Egate Ethernet gateway over E1s or channelised SDH networks provide a cost effective dedicated solution to replace the need for using routers with expensive interfaces, he said. It is priced at around a third of some competing solutions on the market. RAD's flexible transport solutions also offer a smooth migration path for evolving to next generation networks while supporting current technologies and services. TDM over IP (TDMoIP) technology, developed and pioneered by RAD, provides an evolutionary approach for transporting circuit-switched telephony and legacy data over IP and Gigabit Ethernet networks. TDMoIP transparently converts E1 circuits into IP packets for transmission over high performance IP-based backbones. It maintains all the features and functionality of todays Class 4 and 5 switches and SS7, PRI and other signaling protocols end-to-end across the network. The TDMoIP products deliver voice, fax, modem and data services over IP networks without compromising quality. RAD offers customers a migration path, so that they can maximise their current investments and also ensure that they are not left behind in the continual development of new communications technologies, said Mr Furman. RADs innovative TDMoIP solution helps customers achieve savings and by the end of 2005, RAD will also offer customers a migration path to pure VoIP solutions to deliver the benefits of next generation IP. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 8,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com. RADs Unique ASMi-52 SHDSL Modem Now Available with Rail-Mount Installation 2005-05-10T14:36:00Z rads-unique-asmi-52-shdsl-modem-now-available-with-rail-mount-installation RAD Data Communications has announced that its popular ASMi-52 SHDSL modem is now available with a rail-mount installation featuring upstream and downstream Ethernet interfaces. There is a growing demand for exactly this type of solution, states Meira Erez, ASMi-52 Product Line Manager at RAD Data Communications. Rail-mount installation is increasingly relied upon by industries and utilities because it enables easy installation in existing cabinets and, therefore, is exceedingly cost-effective, she notes. The rail-mounted ASMi-52 measures a compact 150 x 160 x 70 millimeters (5.9 x 6.3 x 2.75 inches). It is encased in metal and built to withstand extreme temperatures, from 20 degrees Celsius (4 Fahrenheit) to 70 degrees Celsius (158 Fahrenheit). In addition, the modems LEDs are connected on the front panel for user-friendly access, while its connectors (including power supply) are located on the top or bottom. An alarm relay with a major and minor alarm, several different remote management options and 24 VDC power are also available. The ASMi-52 with rail-mount installation is truly a product unique to the market, Erez adds. The ASMi-52 supports multiple data rates and infrastructures, operating at speeds of up to 2.3 Mbps over 2-wire and up to 4.6 Mbps over 4-wire lines. In conjunction with RADs SHDSL repeaters, it is also possible to achieve long distances. Multi-Vendor Solution RADs ASMi-52 modem is a fully standardised SHDSL device, enabling it to interoperate with any standard SHDSL equipment. It has been incorporated into the solutions of many third-party vendors. SHDSL technology uses TC-PAM (trellis coded pulse amplitude modulation) to achieve increased distance and improved spectral compatibility. The ASMi-52 is part of a complete RAD solution that includes the central site LRS modem rack, DXC multiservice access nodes and FCD-IP access units with integral routers. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 8,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com. RAD Offers $5,000 to First Person to Solve Online Brain Teaser 2005-05-03T15:30:00Z rad-offers-5-000-to-first-person-to-solve-online-brain-teaser RAD Data Communications has announced that it will award $5,000 to the first person to correctly solve the Challenging Brain Teaser now posted on its corporate Web site. RAD periodically posts three separate such Brain Teasers. One is rated easy, a second is designed on an intermediate level and the third is admittedly challenging. The questions, which are formulated in consultation with prominent mathematicians and computer scientists at leading universities, test the mind's powers of concentration, analysis and logic. The latest Challenging Brain Teaser requires participants to submit a winning strategy for two roulette players in a casino who are bound by certain specific conditions. RAD will award a $5,000 prize to the first person to submit a successful strategy to win in 5 out of every 6 rounds of roulette or more. Additional prizes of $1,000, $500 and $100 will be presented to the first to devise winning strategies for four out of five, three out of four, or two out of three rounds. The Brain Teaser and contest rules can be accessed by clicking on the Brain Teaser logo on RADs home page at www.rad.com. Winning contestants must agree to have their name, country and solution published on RAD's web site to be eligible to receive a prize. The competition, which will continue until October 31, is not open to employees of RAD Data Communications or members of their families. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 8,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com. RAD Introduces TinyBridge100 for Fast Ethernet Connectivity 2005-04-26T15:38:00Z rad-introduces-tinybridge100-for-fast-ethernet-connectivity RAD Data Communications has introduced its new TinyBridge-100, a high performance, remote, self-learning Ethernet bridge that is the first device on the market providing 10/100BaseT Ethernet connectivity in a palm-sized package. The TinyBridges high throughput makes it an ideal solution for bridging applications over synchronous WAN networks. Its miniature size and low cost make TinyBridge100 a perfect add-on to existing synchronous WAN equipment, enabling users to continue to exploit their existing data equipment after their LANs are upgraded to higher speed Fast Ethernet networks, states Ramon Horkany, TinyBridge Product Line Manager at RAD Data Communications. Measuring only 69 x 53 x 18 mm (2.7 x 2.1 x 0.7 in.) and weighing only 30grams, it can be easily attached to office equipment. Installation is plug-and-play and any configuration changes required are performed via seven switches on the panel. Available with a choice of V.24, V.35, V.36, RS530, or X.21 interfaces for the WAN link, TinyBridge100 can extend 10/100BaseT Ethernet LANs over synchronous WAN networks common in many office and campus networks. Correspondingly, it can be added to provide bridging functionality to existing synchronous WAN devices such as routers, multiplexers and modems. TinyBridge100 fully utilises the valuable WAN bandwidth, operating at a maximum throughput of 19,700 packets per second, enough to support high bandwidth real-time applications. It supports a maximum packet size of 1,536 bytes, enabling transparent forwarding of VLAN frames. Perfect for Campus Ethernet LAN Extension The TinyBridge-100 is also available with a 4-wire interface, including an integrated baseband modem, to enable Fast Ethernet LANs to be extended over 4-wire copper lines at distances up to 700meters (760 yards). Ideal as a campus LAN extender, the TinyBridges built-in modem also eliminates the need to invest in additional line drivers. The 10/100BaseT LAN interface operates in full or half duplex modes. Packets are filtered and forwarded at a rate of up to 19,700 packets per second. The LAN interface MAC address table stores up to 2048 addresses, with automatic learning and aging. Additionally, the TinyBridge100 provides two QoS queues according to 802.1p or IP ToS so that real time applications can receive higher priority. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 8,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com. RAD Introduces Competitively Priced, Managed Access Units for E1/T1 or Fractional E1/T1 Services 2005-03-29T17:54:00Z rad-introduces-competitively-priced-managed-access-units-for-e1-t1-or-fractional-e1-t1-services RAD Data Communications has unveiled the FCD-E1LC and FCD-T1LC, the newest additions to its popular FCD family of multiservice network termination units. The FCDE1LC and FCD-T1LC are access units that provide integration of voice, n x 56/64 kbps data and LAN traffic over E1/T1 or fractional E1/T1 services, offering great price-performance for business applications. The FCD-E1LC and FCD-T1LC also support advanced management capabilities, including SNMP for central management for easy control and monitoring. High Performance/Low Price The new FCD units are specially priced to go head-to-head with other vendors products while providing advanced features not available from the competition at this price level, explains Meira Erez, Product Line Manager at RAD Data Communications. The FCD units offer multiple user services in a single compact 1U-high, 24cm/9 inch-wide box. These units are available with choice of one or two n x 56/64 kbps synchronous data ports with V.35, RS-530, V.36/RS-449 or X.21 interfaces, an optional 10/100BaseT Ethernet Bridge with VLAN support, as well as a sub E1/T1 port to connect servers, routers or voice switches, and other data equipment. The FCDE1LCs E1 and FCDT1LCs T1 main link interfaces include an integral LTU/CSU and comply with all relevant ITU G.703, G.704 standards, making them compatible with virtually all standard carrier-provided E1 or T1 services. Ideal For Mass Deployment The FCD units feature set and pricing make them suitable for a multitude of campus, corporate, or municipal applications, and particularly attractive for mass deployment by incumbent or alternative carriers, says Erez. Similarly, they can be deployed by power companies and other utilities to extend data and voice communications over private E1/T1 or SDH/SONET-based networks. FCD-E1LC and FCD-T1LC are simple to install and operate, with all configuration and performance monitoring performed by software using Telnet, or any basic ASCII terminal connected to the RS-232 management port. They also have an internal SNMP agent and thus can be controlled by any generic SNMP station or by the user-friendly, graphical RADview SNMP network management application. Since hundreds of FCD units can be managed from a central location, this capability facilitates large scale deployment and operation by carriers, adds Erez. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 8,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com. RAD Offers $1,000 to First Person to Solve Online Brain Teaser 2005-03-09T16:21:00Z rad-offers-1-000-to-first-person-to-solve-online-brain-teaser RAD Data Communications has announced that it will award $1,000 to the first person to correctly solve the Challenging Brain Teaser question currently posted on its corporate Web site. Every three months RAD posts three separate such Brain Teasers. One is rated easy, a second is designed on an intermediate level and the third is admittedly challenging. All three questions, which are formulated by prominent mathematicians and computer scientists at leading universities, test the mind's powers of concentration, analysis and logic. Our third set of Brain Teasers went on-line on November 1st of last year and it was scheduled to be replaced on February 1st, states Zohar Zisapel, founder and Chairman of RAD Data Communications. While the easy and intermediate questions were successfully answered, no one has yet correctly answered the third and most challenging question, he notes. We have decided, therefore, to extend the deadline until at least March 31st and, in order to encourage the public to respond, we will present the first person who sends us a correct answer with $1,000. RADs Brain Teasers can be accessed by clicking on the logo on RADs home page at www.rad.com, or by going directly to www.rad.com/Article/0,6583,20746,00.html. The names of all those who correctly answer RADs challenging Brain Teasers are posted on the companys Web site. Previous Brain Teasers and their solutions are posted as well. The contest is not open to employees of RAD Data Communications or members of their families. About RAD Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 8,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com.