PacketFront Launches Industry's First NPU-Based Router for FTTH Access Segment

    ASR 5000 Set to Revolutionize Broadband Network Support for Future
Developments and Coming End User Demands

    WASHINGTON, April 2 /CNW/ - PacketFront, the pioneer in open-access
broadband networking, has launched the first Network Processing Unit (NPU)
-based advanced services router (ASR), providing unmatched performance and
full support for coming functions being developed in the future. For the
fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) access segment, this new way of designing broadband
routers eliminates the need for expensive hardware upgrades. It also provides
network owners with infinite flexibility to support new developments such as
the applications, features, functions or standards that will be demanded or
required in the future.

    Intended for FTTH access and cost efficient broadband aggregation, the
ASR 5000 secures the high-quality delivery of advanced and concurrent
triple-play services to countless end users via a single broadband connection
- provisioned automatically. This ASR supports virtually any application and
its powerful design enables seamless software upgrades without compromising on
performance - completely doing away with the need to predict and anticipate
future service demands.

    Until now, companies have been forced to invest heavily in hardware
upgrades in order to cope with ever-changing network and service requirements.
The financial and efficiency implications of this process are massive due to
hardware exchange costs and the inevitable downtime during equipment
switchover. Before the ASR 5000, access equipment would not allow for advances
in features, standards and protocols, placing demands on the networking
industry to make predictions about the future. The NPU-based design of the ASR
5000 makes advanced service personalization, identification, control and
capitalization of peer-to-peer traffic, advanced measurement of multicast
traffic and SLA monitoring a reality, and all software updates are made fully

    "Crystal-ball gazing is not a credible business strategy, but up until
now the networking industry has had to make 'guestimates' about likely future
services network equipment would need to support - and that hasn't always been
beneficial for customers," said Martin Thunman, CEO of PacketFront.
"Addressing that need, we've designed a broadband router offering network
owners and service providers an endless scope of future services and
applications, and the ability to offer end-users true choices. It's another
step towards making the deployment of FTTH networks not simply a
pie-in-the-sky notion, but a business critical choice."

    About PacketFront

    PacketFront is a leader in FTTH technology and next generation broadband
aggregation. Its unique combination of central control and automation systems
and advanced routers power some of the most demanding broadband networks in
the world. Its solutions also uniquely enable new business models such as open
access networks, where multiple content providers deliver competing services
over the same physical infrastructure. The company is headquartered in
Stockholm, Sweden, and has offices in Boston, Oslo, Amsterdam and Vienna.
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