SOURCE: Transition Networks

Transition Networks

November 07, 2011 09:00 ET

Backhaul Boost for Africa as Transition Networks Strengthens Product Offering

New Next Gen Devices on Display at AfricaCom

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2011) - Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), is showcasing two of its next generation products at this week's AfricaCom (Booth D21). The advanced PacketBand-TDM-4 and new S3240 Network Interface Device (NID), which have been designed to meet the need for cost-effective backhaul solutions, will be on display as the company, which already has a strong presence in South Africa, looks to expand its offering throughout Africa.

The PacketBand-TDM-4 (TDM-4) device facilitates the transportation of legacy TDM traffic over IP and other packet networks. It delivers clock-locked clear channel or structured E1/T1 circuits over Ethernet, IP or MPLS networks, supports up to four E1/T1s, and can be used in pairs or with other members of the PacketBand range. The 3-port unit (PacketBand-TDM-3MC) supports multicast and applications in larger networks where clocking is critical.

The S3240 NID is specifically designed to help telecoms and cable providers generate and preserve increased revenues when delivering intelligent Ethernet services. With the growing demand for Ethernet services, the new S3240 enables service providers to offer tiered services with end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs), while increasing customer satisfaction and keeping capital expenses (CapEx) to a minimum. The S3240 creates a clear demarcation point between the provider and the customer network or in carrier-to-carrier handoffs.

"We look forward to sharing our new technologies and demonstrating their advanced capabilities at AfricaCom," says Dave Stenger, VP Worldwide Sales Operations at Transition Networks. "With growing wireless networks, the new devices address the need for high-quality and cost-efficient mobile backhaul solutions. More affordable backhaul means reduced network operating costs. This enables mobile operators to expand cell coverage into remote geographies, where landlines are unavailable, address new and underserved markets and provide microcell sites to fill gaps in coverage.

"Our solutions enable service providers, who are under increasing pressure, to deliver faster and cheaper broadband services to their customers. Together with our partners, we offer our customers reliable solutions, which I'm confident we can build upon across South Africa."

Transition Networks already works with distributors in South Africa, including long-standing partner, Phendula Technologies, and more recently Datanet.

Dennis J Rousseau, CEO and Director at Phendula Technologies, adds: "Transition Networks is a trusted brand and renowned for their innovative technologies. We share the same business values and vision and are committed to providing our customers with network solutions that deliver results. Transitions' expertise in the industry is unmatched and with the two new additions, together we can continue to provide the best optical fiber solutions to the African market."

With extensive growth plans, Transition Networks is focused on expansion, particularly in Nigeria and Kenya and aims to replicate the success it has already achieved in other countries.

Product Features
PacketBand-TDM-4

  • The PacketBand-TDM-4 (TDM-4) supplies clock-locked clear channel or structured E1/T1 circuits over Ethernet, IP, or MPLS networks
  • It supports up to four E1/T1s and can be used in pairs or with other members of the PacketBand range
  • A 3-port unit (PacketBand-TDM-3MC) supporting Multicast is also available and this has applications in larger networks where clocking is critical and in some vertical markets such as broadcasting

S3240 Network Interface Device (NID)

  • Is a multi-service NID that provides SLA-assurance and advance fault management that is compliant with MEF and IEEE standards. The S3240 is MEF 9, 14 & 21 certified
  • Is designed for business Ethernet and mobile backhaul deployments.
  • Is a multi-port 10/100/1000Mbps product with advance features including -- IEEE 802.1ag Service OAM, IEEE 802.3ah Link OAM,ITU Y.1731 Performance Monitoring, VLAN, QoS, SSH/SSL, jumbo frame support and bandwidth allocation
  • Offers multiple power inputs for redundancy and an extended operating temperature

About Transition Networks Products
Transition Networks' conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating. All Transition Networks brand of media converters and switches carry a lifetime warranty.

About Transition Networks Inc.
Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company's Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete Milan portfolio of multilayer switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly-traded company (NASDAQ: JCS).

Contact Information

  • Media contact
    If you would like to organize an interview with Transition Networks at AfricaCom or would like further information please contact:

    Dana Corson
    Proactive PR
    +44 7795 615466
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    Dirk Steinkampf
    Transition Networks, Inc.
    +49 611 974 84 60
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