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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

MSAPs: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis

As the race to deliver broadband services to residential and business customers accelerates, changes in the products that enable those services are having a dramatic impact on how network operators are deploying broadband in their access networks. One of the most dramatic recent changes has been the sudden emergence of the MSAP – multiservice access platform – as the product of choice in broadband access network buildouts.

MSAPs: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis presents the most detailed, comprehensive competitive analysis of multiservice access platforms ever undertaken. 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 session border controllers represent the best overall choice for different applications.

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The detailed product analysis includes the following eight product categories:

Central-office MSAPs
Small/medium CLEC collocated MSAPs
Combined MSAP/router/broadband remote access servers (B-RASs)
Combined MSAP/FTTX optical line terminals (OLTs)
Large outside plant (OSP) MSAPs
Small/medium OSP MSAPs
OSP combined MSAP/Router/B-RASs
OSP combined MSAP/FTTX OLTs

In total, 44 different products from 21 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
Support for legacy services


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

For a list of other companies profiled in this report, click here.



Report Scope and Structure

MSAPs: 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 MSAPs, including a description of what they are and why they are important, as well as a review of the key types of MSAPs.


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Section III presents basic product and strategy information for the vendors whose products are evaluated in this report, as well as some that didn’t participate.

Section IV contains a complete competitive analysis, including product ratings for all eight types of MSAP.

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

Telecom service providers: Which MSAP 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 migration strategy? Which products offer the interoperability you need with your installed equipment?
MSAP and IP DSLAM suppliers: How do your products compare with the competition? What are the specific strengths of your product line that will resonate with prospective carrier buyers? Are there potential weaknesses in your product that need to be addressed?
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?

MSAPs: A Heavy Reading Competitive Analysis is published in PDF format. A companion report covering the IP DSLAM sector was published by Heavy Reading in August 2005.

LENGTH: 87 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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44 PRODUCTS FROM 21 VENDORS ANALYZED
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8 OTHER VENDORS PROFILED
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DELIVERABLES
87 pages of product and strategy competitive analysis covering 44 different MSAP products from 21 manufacturers, broken out into eight separate product categories
Nearly 100 tables with more than 2,000 data points for feature-by-feature product comparisons
Detailed analysis of each vendor’s MSAP strategy and emerging product portfolio
In-depth information on development of industry standards for MSAPs and suitability of today’s products for deployments of emerging carrier Ethernet, IPTV, triple-play, and quadruple-play services
LENGTH: 87 PAGES
PRICE: $3,495
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