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ADTRAN hiX 5635
ADTRAN’s hiX 5635 remains the company’s fixed access flagship for the ETSI-spec markets, and while the DSL access sector remains a focal point for the hiX series, ADTRAN is incorporating GigE, GPON, and XG-PON1 support into the hiX during 2014. (4/30/2014)
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Alcatel-Lucent 7302 ISAM
Alcatel-Lucent’s 7302 ISAM platform remains the company’s flagship, high-density platform for its DSL access portfolio, supporting key ultra-broadband deployment service applications such as VDSL2 vectoring, ADSL2+ and active/P2P Ethernet. (5/2/2014)
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ECI Telecom Hi-FOCuS 5
ECI remains a solid presence in the DSL access space, shipping just under 1 million ports during both 2012 and 2013. The Hi-FOCuS portfolio and success in the important VDSL2 sector have kept ECI relevant, despite a challenging global market. (5/1/2014)
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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. (4/30/2014)
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Huawei SmartAX MA5600T
Huawei remains number one in the DSL access market, but its overall lead has shrunk to less than five points over Alcatel-Lucent. Still, Huawei’s MA5600T flagship platform remains one of the top choices for high-density, CO-based DSL deployments. (4/29/2014)
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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)
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UTStarcom iAN8K Series
UTStarcom, despite some traction in the nascent Indian fixed access market, now accounts for less than 1% of global DSL revenues and port shipments, highlighting the fact that UTStarcom may be the next vendor to exit the wireline broadband market. (5/1/2014)
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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)
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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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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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