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Carrier Ethernet: Actelis Networks Ships its One Millionth EFM Port to Colt Technology Services

October 17, 2011
By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Actelis (News - Alert) Networks, a global supplier of Ethernet over copper solutions that is accelerating everything for communications and IT service providers, recently announced at Carrier Ethernet World Congress that it has shipped its one millionth Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) port to Colt.

Colt is Europe's leading information delivery platform, enabling its customers to deliver, share, and process and store their vital business information.

Officials with Actelis Networks said that Colt started to strengthen its European presence by deploying EFM access capabilities with Actelis' built-in EFMplus technology in 2007.

Colt was one of the pioneering providers in Europe to support business needs through integrated computing and network services delivered over EFM access.

Company officials said that by leveraging Actelis' Ethernet access devices, central office aggregation switches and EFM Repeaters, Colt's European EFM deployments have enabled high-speed and scalable bandwidth over copper. This helped Colt to deliver a wide range of its computing and network services for its large base of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and branch offices of major enterprises.

Today, EFM presents a smart complement to fiber or traditional DSL in 12 countries of Colt's 35,000 km network infrastructure connecting more than 100 European cities.

The company can deliver networking and IT Managed Services solutions with bandwidth over copper up to 40Mbps, delivering clear improvements in speed, reach and reliability over traditional DSL.

"Actelis' impressive physical layer capabilities exploit the full bandwidth capability of every copper pair, and also ensure there is spectral compatibility between multiple services that may be running in the bundle," said Luke Broome, chief technology officer at Colt, in a statement.

Broome said that because of these innovations, Actelis paved the way for Colt to deliver further integrated services across our information delivery platform.

“We are very pleased to celebrate this important milestone with our valued business partner," he said.

Joe Manuele, executive vice president of worldwide sales and customer support at Actelis said that as valued customers like Colt continue to drive the migration from legacy E1 lines and slower, 'barely broadband' DSL services to Ethernet-based broadband services, they require field-proven and cost-effective EFM solutions that seamlessly integrate into their existing networks.

"This mantra is at the heart of Actelis' mission. Our Carrier Ethernet solutions allow operators to focus on what's important; creating and delivering new services that give them competitive advantages in the marketplace and generate new revenue streams," said Manuele.

Stan Hubbard, a senior analyst at Heavy Reading and author of the research firm's Carrier Ethernet Access Platform (CEAP) Market Tracker said that Actelis stands out as a leading provider of Ethernet-over-bonded copper pair platform solutions that push the envelope in terms of capacity and reach.

"At a time when service providers worldwide are doing whatever they can to squeeze value out of existing network assets, it can make a lot of sense to invest in Ethernet-over-bonded copper pair technology, which facilitates the customer shift from TDM to Ethernet services while providing a good return on investment in a short period of time," said Hubbard.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin
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