Tellabs, a specialist in broadband access network transformation platforms for global telecommunications service providers, this week announced that its Tellabs 1000 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP) Feature Package 18.0 (FP18), and the newly introduced Tellabs IP-POTS VoIP plug-in card, have entered the company's Limited Availability product lifecycle process.
Specifically introduced to "provide a graceful, and cost-effective, migration from analog voice to VoIP," the company states that the new Tellabs 1000 IP-POTS card enables SIP conversion of existing analog POTS, eliminating the need for TDM switch terminations.
Thus, the company contends that the new card: reduces day-1 capital expenses and year-over-year operational expenses; lowers power usage, and offers better reliability, with modern components; lessens building space requirements, providing options to reuse space; minimizes internal deployment requirements and project management impacts; and leverages embedded, approved and operationalized equipment.
“The Tellabs 1000 is a proven network element to eliminate TDM host and remote switches,” explains Rich Schroder, Tellabs' president and CEO. "With the addition of the IP-POTS card to the Tellabs 1000 MSAP solution, our service provider customers can transition all existing TDM POTS lines to VoIP, and retire TDM switches, thus reducing capital expenses, and year-over-year operational expenses, and avoiding expensive 3rd party media gateway equipment."
Key features and benefits of the new Tellabs 1000 IP-POTS card, according to the company, include the following: offers six (6) ports of traditional analog POTS circuits; installs into any Tellabs 1000 MSAP broadband DMAX shelf; any transport card can be used for the host-remote link; functions as a GbE222 card in uplink mode, and supports up to 10,000 IP sessions; enables up to 132 POTS lines per shelf (22 IP-POTS cards per shelf), and up to 912 lines per bay (132 lines/shelf times 7 expansion shelves).
For more details about using the new Tellabs IP-POTS VoIP plug-in card, and the Tellabs 1000 MSAP FP18 software, read Tellabs' recent blog entitled, “The economics of using the Tellabs 1000 new IP-POTS card for TDM switch collapse.” An excerpt from the blog follows. As stated by the Tellabs team:
"Over the past several months, we’ve enjoyed speaking with service providers about using the Tellabs 1000 MSAP’s new IP-POTS VoIP card for TDM switch collapse and replacement network transformation projects.
In a collaboration with one major North American network operator, we constructed a business case around a typical TDM switch collapse project that we’d like to share.
Based on this study, [we've determined] the ideal target offices size is in the <1000 lines range, which represents approximately 40% of a typical telco service provider network. This is where you find TDM switch equipment reliability is decreasing, while the maintenance and replacement costs are increasing.
It is also common that the RTU fees continue to be paid on the outdated and manufacture discontinued TDM switches. Furthermore, with roughly 5-7% POTS line loss annually, the per line costs is rising 10-15% per year.
It is in these target offices that the new IP-POTS VoIP card network modernization solution shines..."