Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Xelerated, Accton provide next-gen access products for unified fiber access market

Interop Las Vegas 2010, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Xelerated and Accton Technology Corp. have announced a strategic partnership to provide products for the unified fiber access market, including point-to-point Ethernet, PON and mobile backhaul.

Combining Xelerated’s programmable Ethernet switches and data plane software with Accton’s system level product and production expertise, the two companies are bringing to market Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) access switches enabling broadband access equipment vendors to accelerate time-to-market by six to nine months, and gain first mover advantage.

Xelerated and Accton will showcase their first product, a Gigabit Ethernet fiber access switch at the upcoming Interop show in Las Vegas. The product is designed to serve the quickly emerging next-generation fiber access market with up to gigabit per second customer connection speeds.

Broadband access equipment vendors are under constant pressure to stay ahead of the market with the latest features and support to ever-evolving standards. The customizable design of the new product enables in-service adaptation to future standards and continued innovation by software upgrades.

It also provides industry-leading port and service density with 44 GE point-to-point access ports and four 10GE uplink ports in one rack unit space. The data plane is based on Xelerated’s unified fiber access software, which supports point-to-point Ethernet, PON and mobile backhaul applications. The hardware platform has been designed for easy adaptation to alternative configurations in these areas.

“The new Gigabit Ethernet fiber access switch enables broadband access equipment vendors to quickly customize it to their needs and roadmap, ultimately extending product lifetimes. The ability to flexibly program next-generation fiber access products is a strategic direction for the industry, as standards and requirements continue to evolve,” said CC Lee, VP/Engineering, of Accton. “We are very proud to join forces with Xelerated to offer the first customizable high-density gigabit Ethernet access switch.”

Recently, government programs in the US and globally have spurred high interest in next-generation high-speed Internet access for the mass market. By bringing together the industry’s highest performing yet programmable switching and platform technologies, Xelerated and Accton support the widest range of business and technical requirements, including the ability to adapt the product for different regional market conditions.

“Our joint product with Accton underscores the viability of a unified approach to next-generation fiber access. Broadband access equipment vendors can customize the solution to integrate with their existing access portfolio and capture a first-mover advantage for the gigabit access market,” said Thomas Axelsson, CEO at Xelerated.

“Accton is a leading original design manufacturer, and one we are thrilled to partner with as we work together toward helping equipment vendors unify their access portfolio, providing feature differentiation and accelerating their overall time-to-market.”

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