ADTRAN Launches Crossover Solution to Accelerate Gigabit FTTH

New ultra-compact cabinet solution offers most simplified migration path for evolving DSL to Gigabit fiber service architectures


HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2013-- ADTRAN®, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced the introduction of the ADTRAN Crossover Enclosuresm. This innovative solution is bridging the gap between a sealed DSLAM pedestal and a traditional FTTN cabinet. The ADTRAN Crossover enclosure is a rapidly deployable Fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN) solution that rivals the cost and simple installation of sealed DSLAM solutions but incorporates the unmatched service options available from the Total Access 5000 MSAP family. The solution is purpose-built for the simultaneous support of both FTTN and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) access supporting a seamless migration path from 100Mbps VDSL2 Vectoring to full Gigabit FTTH services for future demand. This complete turnkey solution is benefiting from the availability of new ADTRAN Total Access® 5004 compact ultra broadband node and other ADTRANAdvanced Services Architecturesm components.

“Fiber, which is the predominant access technology used to deliver today’s Carrier Ethernet services, is an essential component of future business offerings. However, most fiber infrastructures are concentrated primarily within population-dense markets where construction costs are easily justified,” said Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services at Vertical Systems Group. “Currently, more than 80% of U.S. commercial buildings with 10 to 50 employees lack direct access to fiber-based services. In close proximity are mobile cell sites plus residential areas now served by DSL that could benefit from a clearer path to fiber. ADTRAN’s Crossover solution enables providers to readily deploy fiber into these locations that were previously deemed too hard to reach.”

Wrapped around the smallest member of the ADTRAN MSAP family, the ADTRAN Crossover becomes the most compact member of the ADTRAN Total Access cabinet portfolio, measuring less than 40 inches in height, yet provides an ample 15 cubic feet in volume. The ultra-compact size allows for more “pedestal-like” mounting techniques such as an integrated stake down option that eliminates the need for a concrete pad and drastically reduces the costs and time required for FTTN and FTTH installation. No longer does installation require a large crew and a crane, as a two-person team can complete the process in a few hours. ADTRAN’s Crossover cabinet extends the service providers’ ability to deploy a mix of innovative residential and small business access services further into the outside plant as they enter new markets. As one of the most economically compelling access solutions on the market today, the Crossover enables service providers to quickly realize an improved ROI based on the smaller form factor, lower installation costs and ability to tailor services expansion based on the needs of each individual market.

As part of the new Total Access 5004 solution portfolio, the Crossover enclosure offers full resources to migrate seamlessly from FTTN to a mix of FTTN and FTTH and eventually to 100 percent FTTH. As a result, service providers can deploy a wide range of FTTx service architectures, including:

  • FTTN VDSL2 Vectoring: Leveraging board-, system- and VDSL2 vectoring to support hundreds of subscribers with 100Mbps VoIP, IPTV and business Ethernet services
  • FTTH GPON: Fully transition to a full end-to-end GPON to support thousands of subscribers
  • FTTH Gigabit: Active Ethernet or Next-Gen PON FTTH solution to increase bandwidth to Gigabit levels and beyond as demand requires
  • Carrier Ethernet and Mobile Backhaul: MEF-certified Ethernet services delivery over any media to extend provider addressable market to include SLA-based Enterprise and backhaul access services
  • Packet Optical Edge: Integration of a high-density 10G edge-optimized middle-mile solution for aggregation and transport of high-bandwidth premium services

The solution incorporates one or two Total Access 5004s into a pre-packaged Remote Terminal(RT) solution and is specifically designed to support a seamless migration to FTTH services by simultaneously supporting up to 192 VDSL2 in-service customers and over four thousand GPON customers, due to integrating the fiber patch and splice storage with internal fiber splitters needed to support, in parallel, 192 in-service FTTH ports. This accelerates the penetration of fiber access architectures by uniquely providing a well-thought out transition path from DSL networks.

Beyond the inability to migrate to FTTH architectures, other more limited FTTx solutions have been challenged with many special deployment circumstances that greatly impact their overall total cost of ownership by requiring additional equipment installation and/or cabinet construction. The ADTRAN Crossover enclosure provides a more economical, operationally simplified solution by uniquely integrating special equipment generally only found in large remote cabinets but often demanded especially when traditional phone service, such as POTS, is deployed.

Optional, integrated special equipment of this solution include:

  • Redundant access and networking modules that are required to support life-line POTS phone and SLA-based business service availability requirements
  • Line or span powering for when utility power is not available
  • DC rectifier with battery backup when AC power can be sourced
  • High capacity bonded copper backhaul for when fiber access is not available
  • Cross connect when the service delivery solution cannot be deployed near an existing cross connect cabinet

“ADTRAN has been helping service providers cost-effectively extend next generation broadband services into hard to reach areas for over a decade, having deployed over a 100,000 sealed DSLAM solutions in that time,” said Darrell Brown, director of broadband access product line management for ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. “Following on that heritage the ADTRAN Crossover enclosure provides operators another opportunity to effectively expand their market reach and applicability of ultra broadband networks. Beyond that we are allowing our customers to reduce the investment required to upgrade their FTTx deployments as they move to FTTH architectures.”


ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit

Digium Continues Commitment to Asterisk Community with Next Generation Product Lines

New Analog and Digital Telephony Cards Offer Higher Performance and Reliability

HUNTSVILLE, AL, November 4, 2013Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, today announced availability of six next-generation telephony cards. The new models enhance Digium’s broad suite of telephony cards designed specifically for Asterisk-based communications systems. Asterisk is the most widely used open source software for creating business phone systems and communications applications. The combination of Digium hardware and Asterisk software provides a cost-effective platform for building numerous communications solutions, from PBX systems and VoIP gateways to IVR servers, call centers and complete Unified Communications (UC) phone systems. With these new product introductions, Digium continues its leadership of the Asterisk telephony hardware market. Earlier this year, Digium expanded its line of VoIP gateways and introduced new next-generation single span digital cards, reinforcing its commitment to the Asterisk community.

The new A4 series and A8 series analog cards, and the TE234 and TE435 digital cards,  are designed to offer higher performance and reliability and include field upgradeable firmware, low profile form factors, the ability to handle high jitter environments and decreased interrupt times, improving computer processor performance.   The new products, along with the entire family of Digium telephony cards, are the only cards on the market certified for use with Asterisk. This certification provides integrators and OEMs the assurance that their applications will function reliably, and will be backed by support from Digium, the creator, sponsor and maintainer of Asterisk.

The A4 and A8 analog series support four and eight FXO and/or FXS channels. The TE235 and TE435 digital cards support up to 48 and 96 channels (in T1/J1 mode) or 60 and 120 channels (in E1 mode). All cards support industry standard telephony protocols and optional echo cancellation modules, VPM032, VPM064 and VPM128. The hardware echo cancellation modules, based on the industry-leading Octasic chipset, offload the task of echo cancellation from the CPU, increasing overall system performance and call quality.

“All Digium telephony cards offer tremendous opportunities for integrators and OEMs to build advanced communications systems, while also allowing for customization in order to meet their business needs,” said Mark Amick, director of product management for Digium. “Being the creators of Asterisk, users can be assured these new cards integrate seamlessly with Asterisk and can focus on building next generation phone systems without worrying about integration issues.”

The A4 and A8 series, TE235, TE435 and optional echo cancellation modules are available for order from Digium and Digium partners. Pricing starts from $175 for the A4 series, $255 for the A8 series, $775 for the TE235 and $1,315 for the TE435.

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Digium®, Inc. provides Asterisk® software, telephony hardware, and on-premises and hosted Switchvox business phone systems that deliver enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions at an affordable price. Digium is the creator, primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project; the world’s most widely used open source communications software. Asterisk turns an ordinary computer into a feature-rich communications server. A community of more than 80,000 developers and users worldwide uses Asterisk to create VoIP communication solutions in more than 170 countries. Since 1999, Digium has empowered developers to create innovative communications solutions based on open standards and open source software, providing an alternative to proprietary phone systems. Digium Switchvox Cloud and other cloud-based products and services are offered through Digium Cloud Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Digium, Inc. Digium’s business communications products are sold through a worldwide network of reseller partners. More information is available at and

HP Delivers Security, Simplicity with OpenStack Hybrid Solutions for Cloud

HP unveils first public cloud management console using OpenStack Horizon dashboard; launches enhancements to HP Cloud OS

HONG KONG — HP today enhanced its public cloud and cloud architecture with new functionality that delivers customers enterprise-grade solutions to ease deployment, management and scalability of OpenStack®-based solutions for hybrid cloud.

Organizations are challenged with managing and securing multiple cloud environments while maintaining flexibility without vendor lock-in. Through its commitment to OpenStack, HP is delivering open standards–based hybrid solutions that provide enterprises the agility of interoperable cloud solutions along with enterprise-grade security, manageability and control to confidently deploy mission-critical workloads in the cloud.

HP is the first company to put the OpenStack Horizon project into production as the core technology behind a public cloud management console—the new HP Public Cloud Console. Horizon provides a web-based user interface to OpenStack cloud services, allowing fast and easy provisioning of compute, storage, database, load balancing and other public cloud services. The Horizon-based HP Public Cloud Console offers customers improved simplicity and security via identity management capabilities, networking topology maps, and support for the new HP Cloud Relational Database service.

HP also is using Horizon with HP Cloud OS, the technology foundation for the HP hybrid cloud architecture. HP Cloud OS enhances the maturity of the platform for all users by adding enterprise-grade features, such as role-based access and a common user interface. These new features increase security and governance, while providing simplicity of use and a common experience across all environments.

Additionally, HP is adding features to HP Cloud OS to simplify the cloud experience for IT administrators, including a new distribution network (CODN), simplified infrastructure provisioning and improved multiregion support. The HP Cloud OS enhancements are available via the Cloud OS technology preview.

PeriShip, a leader in the shipping and receiving of perishable products, is realizing the benefits of HP’s open standards–based cloud offerings.

“In choosing a cloud services provider, openness and flexibility were key to us because we need the ability to scale our business quickly without interrupting customer service,” said Jack Wang, chief information officer, PeriShip. “We considered a few cloud providers but chose HP because it offers an open and extensible cloud solution based on OpenStack technology, while also serving as a trusted partner on our cloud journey.”

These latest developments build on HP’s leadership in the OpenStack community and across the OpenStack Foundation’s many projects. For example, HP is the No. 1 contributor of employee resources for the development of OpenStack’s latest release, called Havana, and is a leading contributor for many mission-critical OpenStack initiatives.(1) The company has contributed:

  • One hundred HP employees as participants in the Havana development cycle.
  • More than 20 core team members, including project technical leads for the latest Ironic, TripleO and Infrastructure projects.
  • Five of the top 20 reviewers across the OpenStack Project.  
  • Dedicated employees to the continuous integration (CI) initiative, which no other company has done.
  • Two members to the OpenStack Foundation Technical Committee, a board elected by community contributors.

“With proprietary offerings, cloud users are trapped in single-vendor solutions, hindering industry collaboration and, therefore, innovation,” said Saar Gillai, senior vice president and general manager, HP Cloud. “HP’s partnership with the OpenStack Foundation enables us to be at the forefront of cloud innovation, but allows us to enhance our offerings to provide our customers with open, enterprise-grade cloud solutions and services to thrive in today’s hybrid world.”

HP will be at OpenStack Summit, held Nov. 5-8 in Hong Kong. Monty Taylor, distinguished technologist, HP, and a member of the OpenStack Foundation board of directors and technical committee, will present a keynote address on “Why OpenStack Will Win in Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.” 

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Huawei Reinforces Commitment to Open Source Projects and Contribution to the Acceleration of OpenStack Commercialization


Nov 09, 2013 10:00


Huawei named the first China-based Gold Member of OpenStack Foundation

[Hong Kong, China, November 9, 2013]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced its participation at the four-day OpenStack Summit 2013 in Hong Kong. During the Summit, Huawei will join in-depth discussions on OpenStack technological trends and development of a healthy cloud computing industry with global technical experts, customers, industry analysts and media. Just before the start of the Summit, on November 4, 2013, Huawei was granted Gold Membership by OpenStack Foundation and became the first China-based vendor to receive such honor. This is a testament of industry recognition of Huawei’s ongoing efforts and contributions to the establishment of global standards of cloud computing.

"As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei has strong relationships across the telecommunications industry, which provides a large opportunity for OpenStack in the market," said Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of OpenStack Foundation. "Huawei is a top 20 code contributor and has been working to build the OpenStack community in China. As a Gold Member of the OpenStack Foundation, we look forward to their continued contributions to develop OpenStack globally."

Within three years of its launch, OpenStack has gained widespread support in the industry with its advanced structure, efficient operation and flexible licensing model, and has become one of the most influential open-source projects in cloud computing today. During the OpenStack Summit, Huawei will share updates of the company’s OpenStack strategy and internal use case through a number of keynote speeches and panel discussions with fellow industry experts. Huawei will also discuss its perspective on Software Defined Network (SDN) and network evolution strategy in the cloud-computing era, as well as Network Function Virtualization (NFV), challenges facing OpenStack in ICT integration, and recommendations for addressing such challenges. In addition, Huawei will collaborate with Mirantis, the world-renowned OpenStack company, to demonstrate an all-in-one OpenStack solution, which allows customers to deploy one-stop OpenStack-based applications, accelerating the commercialization of OpenStack technologies.

With the initiation of NFV, OpenStack is also gaining traction in the global telecommunications industry. The penetration of OpenStack from information technology (IT) into communications technology (CT) has become an irresistible trend. Leveraging years of insights and extensive experience in the CT domain, Huawei is striving to promote the deployment of OpenStack in the telecom sector, and help telecom operators achieve a smooth evolution into ICT. In addition to developing unified OpenStack-based cloud computing solutions for both IT and CT businesses, Huawei, a major global supplier of IT infrastructure systems, is committed to developing OpenStack-compatible IT products and solutions, such as storage solutions, network solutions and servers.

"We are now in the open source era and Huawei is very confident with the development prospect of OpenStack," said Mr. Ren Zhipeng, President of Huawei’s IT Cloud Computing Division. "Through continuous innovations in OpenStack and open collaborations with industry partners, we are committed to providing ICT integrated cloud computing solutions to customers in both IT and CT industries. Over the years, Huawei has already established an efficient research and development (R&D) team for the development of OpenStack-based cloud computing solutions. We will continue to share our achievements with the community to help accelerate the maturity of OpenStack technologies, and work with other partners to promote the adoption and development of OpenStack in the industry."

Since 2010, Huawei has been playing an active role in the development of OpenStack and is committed to the construction of an open ecosystem in the cloud computing industry. Currently, over 500 Huawei experts are participating in the R&D of the OpenStack open source project and the development of OpenStack-based cloud computing solutions. With the growing maturity and expanded adoptions of OpenStack, Huawei is committed to contributing more resources to the R&D of OpenStack-based infrastructure solutions in the long run.