Products boost for copper wire
By JAMES RILEY
UNITED States-based data specialists General DataCom (GDC) has launched a series of products that it claims significantly boosts the performance of existing copper-wire telephone systems.
Called its Universal Access System (UAS), General DataCom said the new family of network managed metallic-loop transmission products reduced a carrier's service provisioning costs and also reduced installation times.
The company said the products could greatly increase the potential profitability of existing wire infrastructure by increasing the overall capacity of systems.
This increased capacity in turn helped carriers to migrate systems from copper to fibre-based networks.
The company had already sold its UAS series to various regional telecommunications administrations in China, according to GDC Asia-Pacific vice-president Gary Bacon.
'Telecoms carriers throughout Asia are currently installing fibre networks that will form part of the basic infrastructure for modern society, [construction of which] is capital intensive and requires special planning,' Mr Bacon said.
'As a result, end-user business locations often have to wait to gain the benefits of fibre-based communications, whereas the UAS products let end users enjoy higher performance from existing systems today,' he said.
The product family ranges in performance from 28.8 bits per second simultaneous voice and data modules, to wideband transmission products with a transmission capacity of up to 2.048 megabits per second.
Pricing for the new products begins at US$300 for sub-rate products up to $1,700 per module for transmission products capable of the wideband service provision.