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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

IP DSLAMs: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis

The IP DSLAM may have been originally envisioned as a fairly simple, low-cost enabler of high-speed Internet access service, but the vision has changed markedly in recent months. IP DSLAMs are now emerging as a key component at several critical convergence application junctures: voice and data, telecommunications and entertainment, and even fixed and mobile networking. Each of these meeting points is pulling IP DSLAM technology in a different direction. The IP DSLAM now has to be capable of supporting high-bandwidth services with demanding QOS requirements, such as IPTV, video on demand, and the simultaneous delivery of triple-play services, including VOIP.

These diverse requirements have led to a proliferation of IP DSLAM types in terms of size and location – a development that makes comparing IP DSLAM products a fairly complex task. The best way of identifying the potential winners and losers in this rapidly changing sector is to look at the products that vendors have lined up to address the diverse and challenging carrier requirements.

IP DSLAMs: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis presents the most detailed, comprehensive competitive analysis of IP DSLAMs undertaken to date. In key product categories, it provides granular information on every important aspect of functionality and performance of each vendor's offering, in matrix format. It then uses a weighted system to provide a high-level view of which IP DSLAMs represent the best overall choice for different applications.

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The detailed product analysis spans indoor products, outside plant (OSP) products, combined IP DSLAM/router/B-RAS products, and OSP sealed-unit products. The scored comparisons in this report include the following product categories:

Central-office IP DSLAMs
Medium MxU/CLEC collocated IP DSLAMs
Small MxU/CLEC collocated IP DSLAMs
Combined IP DSLAM/router/broadband remote access servers (B-RASs)
Large OSP IP DSLAMs
Medium OSP IP DSLAMs
Small OSP IP DSLAMs
OSP combined IP DSLAM/router/B-RASs
OSP sealed-unit IP DSLAMs

In total, 50 different products from 19 manufacturers are evaluated and compared by dozens of essential criteria, including:

Unit size
Ethernet features
Equipment and DSL features
Quality-of-service features
Subscriber ID and security features


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For a list of companies with products evaluated in this report, click here.

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Report Scope and Structure

IP DSLAMs: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis is structured as follows:

Section I is an introduction to the report, with complete report key findings.

Section II provides an overview of IP DSLAMs, including a description of what they are and why they are important, as well as a review of the key types and applications of IP DSLAMs.


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Section III presents basic product and strategy information for all vendors whose products are evaluated in this report, as well as profiles of other vendors in this sector.

Section IV offers a complete feature-by-feature product analysis for nine kinds of IP DSLAMs by location/size/capability.

Section V contains a complete competitive analysis, and product ratings for all nine IP DSLAM types.

The report is essential reading for a wide range of industry participants, including the following:

Telecom service providers: Which IP DSLAM products best meet your immediate and long-term needs? How do today’s products compare for the features and performance specifications that are most important to you? Which suppliers are best positioned to deliver the optimal DSL migration strategy? Which products offer the interoperability you need with your installed equipment?
IP DSLAM suppliers: Where are systems vendors headed with their carrier Ethernet switch/router product development plans? How does your portfolio match up with those plans? Which systems manufacturers should you be targeting with your products?
Investors: Which equipment makers are in the best position to capture market share in this important telecom industry sector? Which startups are delivering the technology that will gain market traction with carrier buyers?

IP DSLAMs: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis is published in PDF format. A companion report covering the multiservice access platform (MSAP) sector will be available in 4Q05.
LENGTH: 131 PAGES
PRICE: $3,495
GRAHAM BENISTON
Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading
Graham Beniston is an associate of Heavy Reading with over 25 years' experience in the telecom industry. During that time, he has worked in all narrowband and broadband technologies. His expertise includes IP over ATM, IP VPNs, mobile IP, IP satellite networks, and IP traffic management...
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50 PRODUCTS FROM 19 VENDORS ANALYZED
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DELIVERABLES
131 pages of product and strategy competitive analysis covering 50 different IP DSLAM products from 19 manufacturers, broken out into nine separate product categories
More than 100 tables with more than 2,000 data points for feature-by-feature product comparisons
Detailed analysis of each vendor’s IP DSLAM strategy and emerging product portfolio
In-depth information on development of industry standards for IP DSLAMs and suitability of today’s products for deployments of emerging IPTV, triple-play, and quadruple-play services
LENGTH: 131 PAGES
PRICE: $3,495
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