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Telco Systems Ships Metro Ethernet Platform

Telco Systems, Foxboro, Mass., today introduced the T-Metro, which the company said is the first in a series of MPLS-based, carrier-class multiservice metro Ethernet access platforms for carriers and service providers.

With the T-Metro, cable companies, wireless carriers and competitive local exchange carriers will be able offer a wide range of services through their own network that otherwise would only be available by leasing the services from Regional Bell Companies and reselling them to their own customers, according to David Lee, Telco’s vice president of marketing and services.

In addition to eliminating leasing and reselling of these services from a telecom provider, the T-Metro also uses Ethernet rather than SONET, Lee said.

With the metro Ethernet access, these carriers as well as any ILECs or RBOCs who don’t already offer them will be able to provide Virtual Private Network (VPN) services, Mutiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), T12/E1 Circuit emulation, fractional T1/EI circuit emulation, etc. to residential as well as business customers, Lee said.

“ Our new T-Metro redefines what a multiservice metro access edge platform should be in terms of cost, interfaces and variety of converged IP and TDM services it delivers, ” Lee said.

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