CoSine Communications and AFC Team to Help Carriers Extend
Value-added IP Business Services Over DSL
Integrated Solution Overcomes DSL's Distance Limitations to Deliver Advanced
IP Services such as Network-Based VPNs and Managed Firewalls
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and PETALUMA, Calif., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- CoSine Communications, Inc., a leading provider of network-based IP Service Delivery Platforms for service providers, and Advanced Fibre Communications(R), Inc. (AFC) (Nasdaq: AFCI) today announced an integrated, end-to-end, broadband access solution that enables service providers to deploy advanced network-based Internet Protocol (IP) services over digital subscriber lines (DSL). The two companies recently completed successful interoperability testing between CoSine's IP Service Delivery Platform and AFC's UMC1000(R) Multi-Service Access Platform (MSAP), ensuring service providers a seamless integration in existing network infrastructures. AFC is a leader in multi-service broadband access solutions for the telecommunications industry, and designs and manufactures end-to-end broadband access solutions using digital loop carrier (DLC) technology.
CoSine's IP Service Delivery Platform and AFC's UMC1000(R), the flagship product of AFC's AccessMAX(TM) portfolio of MSAPs, will deliver secure, value-added applications such as network-based virtual private networks (VPNs) and managed Network Associates Gauntlet(R) firewalls to commercial customers over high-speed DSL. This combined product offering will provide new entrants and incumbent service providers with the ability to broaden their DSL reach to small and medium-sized businesses located in multi-tenant units (MTUs) and beyond the digital divide -- an area approximately 12-15,000 feet from the carrier's central office (CO). And as DSL is an "always on" technology, carriers can now alleviate growing concerns of inherently unsecure DSL connectivity by providing managed firewall solutions.
"We've teamed with AFC so that service providers can meet the growing demand of all businesses that require next-generation IP services over secure DSL," said Ellen Schwab, vice president of business development for CoSine. "Together we present a way for carriers to truly differentiate themselves in the highly competitive broadband access market. Our combined product offering provides a competitive advantage for carriers by extending the reach of their DSL service, and adding network-based IP applications to complement basic DSL connectivity."
CoSine's solution provides managed, value-added IP services for carriers that, in the past, have offered these services using customer premises equipment (CPE) deployed on customer's site and managed remotely. However, a CPE-based approach has limitations: high costs of installation and maintenance, as well as a lack of scalability and flexibility -- all of which diminish the service provider's revenue potential. Unlike the CPE solution, CoSine's IP Service Delivery Platform resides in the carrier's network to provide tens of thousands of subscribers high-value IP services, including VPNs, managed firewalls, URL filtering, frame relay to IP migration and, eventually, intrusion detection and anti-virus protection.
AFC addresses the limitations of traditional DSL access that requires carriers to install a DSL Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) in the CO to provide DSL services to its customers. When the customer is beyond 12-15,000 feet from the CO, a DLC provides access to the customer and this traditional DSL model breaks down. With AFC's UMC1000(R), carriers overcome distance barriers faced by solutions that rely on a CO deployment to deliver DSL throughout the network, ultimately expanding the availability of DSL service for all subscribers.
With the combined CoSine/AFC solution in the local loop, the UMC1000(R) transports IP traffic between customer sites and the carrier's CO to the Point-of-Presence (POP) where CoSine's IP Service Delivery Platform layers on value-added services.
"This relationship is mutually beneficial for CoSine and AFC," said Ryan Koontz, director of business development for AFC. "Both companies are committed to delivering cost-effective, end-to-end broadband access solutions to carriers that will enable them to increase their subscriber base by offering high-value services."
About CoSine's IP Service Delivery Platform
The CoSine platform includes the IPSX 9000(TM) Service Processing Switch, a carrier-class switch that marries scalable computing hardware with an open software architecture; the InVision(TM) Service Management System (SMS); and the InGage(TM) Customer Network Management (CNM) system. This platform enables Service Providers to create, manage and deliver value-added IP services to enterprise customers, who, in turn, can monitor and control their portion of the public IP network.
Unlike first-generation subscriber management systems, the IPSX 9000 provides up to 100 RISC CPUs and/or 100 dedicated encryption processors to deliver these high-value services to tens of thousands of subscriber networks. The CoSine platform aggregates traffic from multiple DSLAMs and can support 100,000 simultaneous DSL sessions without compromising application performance.
Today, CoSine's suite of managed, network-based IP services includes the Network Associates Gauntlet Firewall; site-to-site IPSec tunneling (virtual leased line); IPSec dial tunnel termination; virtual routing with support for the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP4), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Routing Information Protocol (RIP); Secure DSL; Frame Relay to IPSec interworking; IP-enabled Frame Relay and Frame Relay over IPSec.
About AFC's UMC1000(R) Multi-Service Access Platform
The UMC1000(R) MSAP utilizes a hybrid ATM/TDM architecture, providing a variety of loop interfaces for POTS, ISDN, T-1/E-1, HDSL and ADSL services over various feeder transmission options, including copper, fiber, and wireless. The UMC1000(R) features 6.2 Gbps of system bandwidth, including a 100 Mbps Time Division Multiplexed (TDM) bus, an 800 Mbps cell bus, and a 5.3 Gbps high-speed serial bus. This unique three-bus architecture allows the UMC1000(R) to simultaneously support TDM, Frame Relay, ATM, and SONET network architectures.
AFC designs and manufactures worldwide broadband access solutions for the last mile. AFC's OmniMAX(TM) is a global product family consisting of industry-leading multi-service access platforms with integrated optics and intelligent CPE. AFC's OmniMAX(TM) products can quickly and cost-effectively upgrade legacy networks, ubiquitously delivering narrowband, wideband, and broadband services to all subscribers regardless of their geographic location from a carrier's central office.
AFC's OmniMAX(TM) product portfolio consists of: AccessMAX(TM), a variety of broadband multi-service access platforms that provide local loop voice, data and broadband solutions; PremMAX(TM), a series of integrated access devices (IADs) that provide integrated voice and data at the customer premises; and TransMAX(TM), a Sonet/SDH optical transport system for metro ring solutions. AFC is also a leading designer and manufacturer of environmentally hardened outside plant cabinets and technology, ranging from 48 to 2,048 lines, as well as indoor cabinets ranging from 48 to 480 lines.
About CoSine Communications, Inc.
Founded in 1998 and based in Redwood City, Calif., CoSine Communications Inc. develops, markets, and sells managed IP service delivery platforms designed for Service Providers who risk losing profitability with today's low-value Internet access services. The CoSine solution enables Next Gen Telcos, Competitive IXCs, International Service Providers and PTTs to quickly and reliably turn up value-added services to their wholesale and retail subscribers. For more information about CoSine Communications, visit the company's Web site at www.cosinecom.com, or contact Suzanne Panoplos at 877-4-COSINE.
AFC Safe Harbor Statement
Except for historical information contained in this press release, the foregoing contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Rapidly changing technologies and market conditions may require changes to our products. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements based on a variety of risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties relating to the timely and successful development, and market acceptance of AFC's new products and features. Information about potential factors that could affect AFC's financial results is included in AFC's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
NOTE: AFC, the AFC logo, and the UMC1000 are registered trademarks of AFC. OmniMAX, TransMax, PremMax and AccessMax are trademarks of AFC. All other products or service names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
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