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Multi-service DLCs re-shaping the access network

Digital Loop Carriers (DLCs) are evolving to support new services in the access network and provide new functionali...


September 23, 2004  


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Digital Loop Carriers (DLCs) are evolving to support new services in the access network and provide new functionalities for improved cost efficiencies for service providers, according to In-Stat/MDR.

The high-tech market research firm reports that as more service providers are planning to offer triple-play services of voice, data, and video, DLC vendors are offering products that will enable them to do this.

DLCs have become multiservice products that enable service providers the flexibility to efficiently offer a range of services for their customers.

“They are key enablers of DSL services when loop lengths to the CO are too great to support high-bandwidth service. DLCs can be flexibly configured to support POTS or DSL on any port on a combo card, greatly reducing operations costs for service providers when they need to move POTS customers over to DSL,” In-Stat says.

“Many DLC vendors have introduced VoIP media gateway functionality to enable packet voice services to be initiated in the access network for maximum efficiency. DLC vendors are also extending their products to support fiber-based services as telcos deploy fiber deeper into the access network.”