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May 5, 2010

Telco Systems Enables Paradigm Shift to MPLS in Access Networks

10-Gigabit Multiservice Aggregation Switch designed to reduce cost and complexity

MANSFIELD, MA — May 5, 2010 — Network design architects understand the advantages of pushing MPLS into the access network in terms of carrier grade architecture, increased efficiencies, new service offerings and better customer experience. However, operational departments see this as a more complex solution, and the cost of the equipment makes it financially prohibitive. Telco Systems, a BATM company (LSE: BVC) and a leading provider of Carrier Ethernet access and aggregation solutions, has announced the availability of the T-Metro 7224 - a solution specifically designed to bring MPLS closer to the customer without the high cost and complexity generally associated with MPLS networks.

The T-Metro 7224, along with Telco Systems’ soon to be released service management platform, is the first step in the company’s overall strategy to make simple and cost-effective multi-service oriented access networks a reality for service providers and mobile backhaul operators. It is an ideal solution for service providers who want to extend the advantages of MPLS to corporate customers while optimizing the efficiency of the network.

Designed as a provider edge device, the T-Metro 7224 can augment a carrier’s network architecture by replacing the L2 aggregation with a full MPLS PE solution. By moving more intelligence into the aggregation layer, the carrier reduces the costs and complexities associated with the core equipment, while improving the efficiencies of their network and offering a better customer experience.

“We utilized our extensive experience in MPLS access switches to solve a major challenge for our customers, who have found that the technical advantages of MPLS in the access network do not outweigh the operational cost and complexities of back office integration and personnel training,” stated Nir Daube, vice president of product management for Telco Systems. “The T-Metro 7224 is both feature-rich and extremely cost effective; priced at about half the cost of the typical Carrier grade 10GE aggregation switch, and uses half the power. This quick payback ultimately translates into a better bottom line for the provider.”

The T-Metro 7224 extends Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), QoS, multicast, and IPv6 features into Ethernet access and aggregation networks. Multiple transport options including VPLS, 802.1ad and the ability to support up to 256K MAC addresses provide the greatest degree of flexibility and scalability in the metro access network to support large-scale MPLS-based Ethernet VPNs to E-Line, E-LAN and E-Tree connectivity at Layer 2. Future support for MPLS-TP will be available upon ratification of the standard.

The T-Metro 7224 is equipped with a full complement of Ethernet OAM tools to support end-to-end service management and ensure true quality of service in the metro access network. These OAM features plus HQoS offer the mechanisms needed to ensure service delivery regardless of bandwidth availability.

The T-Metro’s flexible design can support eight fixed 10/100/1000BaseT or SFP-based 100/1000Base FX/X ports; 16 SFP 100BaseFX ports; and four XFP-based 10 Gigabit ports. HQoS and enhanced MPLS are supported on all ports. The system is built around the Company’s Linux-based BiNOX operating system.

The T-Metro 7224 is being evaluated in customers’ labs today and will be generally available June 1.


About Telco Systems
Based in Mansfield, Massachusetts, Telco Systems designs and develops innovative, multi-service Carrier Ethernet access and demarcation solutions to enable carriers and service providers to deploy highly reliable and manageable Ethernet services to both business and residential subscribers. These solutions support a cost effective evolution to a service-assured all IP/Ethernet network and enable service providers to introduce new services to capture additional revenue by supporting mixed services across a carrier Ethernet network.

Telco Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications (London stock exchange ticker symbol: BVC). For more information, please visit Telco Systems' web site at

Raylene Kadrmas, Telco Systems Susan Forshner, PAN Communications
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