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ZTE FSAP 9800 Series
ZTE remains a top three contender in the global DSLAM market, but the company has steadily lost market share over 2013, to the point where it is now a distant third behind Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent. (4/2/2014)


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ADTRAN hiX 5635
ADTRAN has fully integrated the NSN BBA division, including key solutions such as the hiX 5600 series, anchored by the flagship hiX 5635 central office chassis, which remains a very competitive product within EMEA and the greater ETSI market. (11/15/2013)|

Alcatel-Lucent 7302 ISAM
The 7302 ISAM is the copper access flagship in Alcatel-Lucent’s comprehensive and recently-expanded DSL access portfolio, and has served as the anchor Central Office DSLAM platform for many of the company’s more than 250 ISAM customers to date. (11/15/2013)

ECI Telecom Hi-FOCuS 5
ECI Telecom is slowly regaining fixed access market share, most notably in the growing VDSL2 sector, with its Hi-FOCuS solution set. However, ECI appears static on the product development front, potentially hindering its sales efforts. (11/15/2013)

Ericsson EDA 1200
Ericsson’s 2012 exit from the fixed access market, and placement of its EDA 1200 series into maintenance mode, renders Ericsson an afterthought in the DSL sector, despite compelling scalability and configuration capabilities of the EDA series. (11/15/2013)

Huawei SmartAX MA5600T
Huawei remains #1 in the DSL access market, but its overall lead has shrunk to less than 10 points over Alcatel-Lucent. Nevertheless, Huawei’s MA5600T flagship platform remains one of the top choices for high-density, CO-based DSL deployments. (11/15/2013)

KEYMILE MileGate 2510
2013 was a solid year for KEYMILE, during which the company expanded its MileGate portfolio with new high-density VDSL2 vectoring cards, GPON, and GigE interfaces. Moving into 2014, KEYMILE is aiming for additional customer and market traction. (1/2/2014)

UTStarcom iAN8K Series
UTStarcom may be the next vendor to exit the fixed access market. Despite relatively recent, drastic measures to ensure its survival, UTStarcom now garners. (11/15/2013)

Zhone MALC
Zhone’s MALC series offers both the highest subscriber port scalability and lowest throughput capacity in this comparison. Operators looking for a high-capacity, fiber-optimized solution will look to Zhone’s new fixed access flagship, the MXK. (4/2/2014)

ZTE FSAP 9800 Series
ZTE remains a top three contender in the global DSLAM market, but the company has steadily lost market share over 2013, to the point where it is now a distant third behind Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent. (4/2/2014)



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DSL Access Buying Criteria
  • Backplane Capacity/Throughput
    • Aggregate full duplex throughput capacity of the chassis, usually quantified in Gigabits per second (Gbps).
  • DSL Standards
    • Different 'flavors' of DSL support different services and thus define what markets service providers are targeting. ADSL is typically targeted at consumer services, while HDSL and SDSL services are usually targeted at enterprise or small-to-medium business users.
  • Customer and Market Traction
    • Proof points of vendor success in the DSL access market, including both quality and quantity of customer wins, as well as market share data points from industry sources.
  • QoS Support
    • The type of quality of service a system supports directly impacts the ability to support performance-sensitive applications such as video and voice.
  • Scalability
    • Scalability is the capability of a system to expand to meet growing needs of users or service providers. This can be viewed in terms of port density and usually references capacity in either a single chassis or a 7' rack.

DSL Access Product Metrics
  • Port Density Per 7' Rack
  • Maximum Ports via Subtend
  • DSL Flavors Supported
  • Card Port Density
  • Port Density Per Chassis
  • Network Interfaces
  • Transport Protocol
  • DSL Chipset
  • QoS Rates
  • Redundancy
  • Chassis Dimensions
  • Backplane Capacity
  • Slots (for Cards, Total)
  • Customers
  • Standards Compliance
  • Availability
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