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Carrier Ethernet Provider Positron Access Helps Kalama Telephone

November 15, 2011
By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Positron Access, a global supplier of Carrier Ethernet over bonded copper solutions, announced that Kalama Telephone is leveraging Positron’s flagship FlexStream 100 family of products, the AK525 eight pair and the AIR series AK5RS regenerator MIMO-on-DMT (News - Alert) Carrier Ethernet products further to daisy-chain 5 DSLAMs over 12 miles.

As part of its mission to enhance broadband offering to its customers, Kalama was looking to aggregate and upgrade bandwidth to 5 DSLAMs strung over 12 miles across the Kalama river bank. However, the telephone company found that trenching fiber under the river is a costlier affair and requires various government approvals which could span over a few years. Further, the company found that managing the subtended multi-span backhaul link was yet another challenging task.

To overcome these challenges, Kalama required a cost effective and timely solution to deliver up to 35 Mbps of bandwidth over the existing eight copper pairs. The company selected Positron’s Aktino (News - Alert) FlexStream 100 solution as it enables the independent telecommunications company to extend and expand high-speed broadband services beyond 12 miles and the backhaul bandwidth up to 5 times, company officials said.

“We are now able to deliver lucrative premium tiered services, up to 15 Mbps data rates, to our customers who were served with just 1 Mbps and expand high speed broadband services to the customers who were out of reach,” said Todd Keezer for Kalama Telephone Company, in a statement.

With Positron FlexStream 100 copper bonded solution 100, Kalama upgraded the legacy TDM backhaul infrastructure, enabling 5 times more bandwidth over the 12-mile span. Thanks to the unique daisy chaining feature on the FlexStream 100 and AIR series regenerators, the company is able to reduce capex and opex while also improving the ROI.

“Positron’s patented MIMO-on-DMT technology allows other broadband services to co-exist in the same binder with minimal to no impact,” Keezer added. “Positron has been an innovative solution provider for Kalama for over four years and without hesitation we continue to deploy the FlexStream 100 solution over long distances.”

“We believe our FlexStream 100 ultra long reach high bandwidth solution will help Kalama Telephone continue to utilize their existing cost-effective copper infrastructure and congregate the escalating bandwidth requirements placed on their network,” said Hossam Salib, VP Product Management and Marketing for Positron, in a statement.

Earlier in September, Positron Access launched FlexStream 800 that delivers up to 800 Mbps Ethernet over copper at real life service distances. Delivering ultra high-speed business Ethernet services and LTE (News - Alert) wireless site backhaul, the solution is in deployment trials at Tier 1 customers, the company said.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin
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