Enablence Technologies Inc.

Enablence Technologies Inc.

February 07, 2008 23:59 ET

Pannaway Continues to Simplify Telcos' Ethernet/IP Adoption with New "At-will" Evolution Solutions

MAGNM-FX, Formerly Inteleflex, Infuses Legacy Infrastructures with Fully Converged and Managed Ethernet/IP Technology

Portsmouth, NH - February 7, 2008 - (i)Pannaway Networks, designers and developers of next generation Ethernet/IP Multi-Service Access Platforms for telecommunications service providers, today announced enhancements to its award-winning Service Convergence Network (SCN™) architecture. Pannaway's SCN empowers service providers with tools and solutions to increase customer retention, reduce operational costs and seize emerging business opportunities. The SCN architecture creatively facilitates the separation of the converged network's access and transport functions, allowing service providers to evolve their networks in a non-disruptive way, at their own pace. Today's enhancements include new Ethernet/IP capabilities for the recently acquired Inteleflex platform and integration of that platform as part of the SCN architecture, as well as, new holistic remote management capabilities within Pannaway's multi award-winning Broadband Access Manager (BAM™).

"We have viewed BAM as an essential element of our customers' broadband network deployments since Pannaway's inception," said Michael Skubisz, chief technologist for Pannaway. "With this latest BAM software enhancement, we've ensured that our customers will have the ability to remotely manage every component of their Pannaway network including the Inteleflex/MAGNM-FX platform and its new Ethernet/IP network components."

Above and beyond new comprehensive remote management capabilities for the MAGNM-FX, the key element added to the SCN is Pannaway's Packet Transport Module (PTM). The PTM allows the former Inteleflex platform to serve as a bi-directional bridge or pivot point between next-generation Ethernet and legacy SONET transport technologies. With the power of the PTM, the Inteleflex platform integrates seamlessly into the SCN architecture, and will be re-branded as the MAGNM-FX. The PTM is available in two models: PTM 04 and 06. Both support:

- GbE transport, uplink, & shelf expansion

- 4 x 1 GbE ports via SFP Optical Modules

- 2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet ports

- 2 x 10 GbE ports via XFP Optical Modules (PTM-06 only)

- Standards Based EAPS (RFC-3619) Sub-50 millisecond transport recovery

- IEEE 802.3 ad Link Aggregation

Select Pannaway customers are scheduled to begin the beta trial process of the company's enhanced BAM software and the PTM in the second quarter of 2008.

"The release of the PTM provides continued investment protection for the Inteleflex installed base and provides new opportunities to leverage the move to Ethernet transport," said Noah Covington, Plant Manager of Pembroke Telephone in Georgia.

In the coming weeks, Pannaway will also announce 2.5 GPON access blades for its MAGNM-20 platform, as well as a new iteration of its network fabric. Additional enhancements will follow, providing new options for the provisioning of mobile backhaul and new form factor options for the MAGNM platform.

"Ethernet/IP is clearly the technology that will enable telcos to stay competitive in the future," said Mark Carpenter, president of Pannaway. "We are 100 percent committed to simplifying the evolution of legacy networks on the terms that best suit our customers and we believe that the infusion of new SCN elements such as these MAGNM products and BAM enhancements is a testament to our commitment."