No cap-ex crunch at Time Warner

Time Warner Telecom's aggressive packet buildout marches on. Most recently, the service provider awarded a 3-year, multimillion-dollar contract to Integral Access for the access side of TWT's multiservice IP network. Integral will supply TWT with its PurePacket voice, data and multimedia access gear in customer premises and points of presence in 44 markets.

The Integral deal is the latest in a slew of buildout announcements coming recently from TWT's suppliers. Others include LuxN for metro optical services; Lucent, for long-haul optics; Unisphere, for its SMX-2100 packet telephony service mediation switch; and Sonus Networks' softswitches and media gateways.

With major carriers cutting their capital expenditures to the bone, sending ripple effects through the global economy, cap-ex doesn't appear to be a problem at TWT. Perhaps the carrier sees the current industry malaise as its opportunity to gain some traction.

Integral Access sure gains some traction from this deal. It's the company's biggest deal to date.

Integral will supply TWT with its PurePacket OUTburst customer premise equipment, PurePacketNode carrier network aggregation devices, and the PurePacket OMS Operations Management System to deliver voice and broadband data services over a single network link.

The PurePacket gear will interface with the Unisphere and Sonus equipment on the trunk side, and provision single or multiple symmetric DSL or T-1/E-1s on the user side. The PurePacket Node handles over 2,000 POTS lines, over 1,000 DSL lines and over 500 T-1/E-1s. Some of the other interfaces it supports are ISDN, NxDS-1, NxE-1, DS-3, E-3, STS-1, OC-3, OC-12, 10/100BaseT and Gigabit Ethernet.

The PurePacket Node will replace integrated access devices from Vina and subscriber loop carriers from Lucent, Integral says.

PurePacket supports Multi-protocol Label Switching for optimizing transmission, and enabling differentiated quality of service and service-level agreements. The PurePacket products also support a feature called "Silence Suppression" in which silence during voice calls is suppressed to free additional bandwidth.

Integral says it beat out Cisco ATM offerings for the TWT access buildout.

This story, "No cap-ex crunch at Time Warner" was originally published by Network World.

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