The Internet is poised to spin off thousands of specialized broadband services. The access network needs digital loop carriers (DLCs) that provide the platform for delivery of these services.
Ngdlcs extend the reach of connections to remotely located subscribers and improve overall service quality. Over the past three decades, DLCs have evolved to next-generation digital loop carriers (Ngdlcs) capable of simultaneously providing Pots and advanced broadband services, such as digital subscriber lines (DSL).
Ngdlcs are economical and scalable vehicles to deliver Pots, narrowband, and broadband services. Lack of broadband capability in the majority of the DLC installed base is a factor prompting spending by carriers.
Broadband services shifts, regulation, and technology influence the pace of change in the access network. There is ongoing demand for broadband connections. Broadband will completely replace narrowband within ten years.
Any significant changes in broadband regulation could trigger growth in the access market by encouraging carriers to invest in upgrading neighborhood networks with new equipment that delivers broadband services. Congress' enactment of the 1996 Telecommunications Act (the Act) created an environment in which carriers accelerated their offerings of voice, data and video services. In February 2003, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules concerning incumbent local exchange carrier obligations for elements of their networks.
Ngdlc technologies make broadband rollout economical for a higher percentage of the population. Six-circuit card Ngdlcs are efficient. Innovative evolution helps drive down deployment costs. Over time, these three factors are expected to stimulate an increase in investment in the access network.
Micro-dlc solutions enable service providers to meet growing demands for additional phone, fax, and data lines in residential and business areas with limited copper deployment. Systems reduce equipment and labor costs associated with line installation. They provide a quick solution for filling held orders.
At of the end of 2002, 45% of the U.S. equipped lines and investment in the major telcos access networks was unused. Only 36%were unused in 1997. That is a 20%jump in unused local network capacity in 5 years. Stranded capacity is a significant aspect of broadband communications network planning. Ndlcs are being combined with Metro Dwdm platforms. Platforms promise to further increase the access capacity with the transport platforms taking on some access capability.
Growing market demand for high bandwidth services is forcing telecom providers to reevaluate their network planning models and create new ones. Network planners and engineers responsible for this emerging network face a complex problem: how to effectively implement a network that optimizes diverse such as voice, video, and data services.
Overlay networks and discrete network elements are being replaced with integrated platforms. Existing investment needs to be protected while maintaining the design requirements for a packet, digital network.
An integrated multi-service access platform provides a foundation for multi-service deployment, with an evolutionary path to networks of the future.
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