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BELGIUM'S KPN SELECTS RAD'S ATM IAD TO SUPPORT SHDSL SERVICES.

KPN Belgium has chosen the LA-110 ATM Integrated Access Device (IAD) from RAD Data Communications for deployment in its new SHDSL network.

The LA-110 is a dedicated ATM IAD that enables service providers to offer voice, LAN and data to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) over a single DSL access line. It will be used by KPN Belgium to enable a wide variety of services over SHDSL, including leased lines, LAN interconnect, ATM, Frame Relay and Internet access. These services are scheduled to become operational this fall, and will be available to customers throughout the country.

"SHDSL technology enables symmetrical transmission at rates up to 2.3 Mbps over two wires or 4.6 Mbps over four wires, to a range of 5 kilometers, a solution that is particularly attractive for bandwidth-hungry SMEs," explains Peter Scheer, Senior Consultant at Meta Group. "Unlike large businesses, SMEs generally cannot afford the high costs of a high-bandwidth STM-1 connection, while, unlike residential customers, their data and voice needs cannot be fully satisfied by ADSL service, either."

High Bandwidth Without Digging for Fiber

KPN Belgium plans to install the LA-110 at the customer premises. Depending on their particular service package, customers will connect their own routers and/or PABXs to the LA-110's user ports. The product will then multiplex the traffic and send it out from its uplink over copper wire belonging to Belgacom, the incumbent carrier, to a KPN DSLAM located at the incumbent's closest central office. The DSLAM will translate the required bandwidth to dedicated PVCs (Permanent Virtual Circuits) for transmission over KPN's Frame Relay network.

"The advantage to this solution is that it provides customers with high bandwidth without any digging and without having to install any fiber cabling whatsoever," states Patrick Bours, Engineering Manager at KPN Belgium.

"In increasing numbers, operators such as KPN have begun planning the introduction of SHDSL services," notes Sammy Elalouf, Senior Sales Manager for Belgium at RAD Data Communications. "In particular, operators are anxious to leverage their large installed base of DSLAMs as a source of additional revenue, and SHDSL services, such as leased line services for the SME market, will allow them to do just that." There are more than 20 million SMEs in Western Europe alone.

Interoperable with all Major DSLAMs and Voice Gateways

Interoperable with all major DSLAMs and voice gateways, the LA-110 is especially suited to the demands of the SME environment. "It is an ideal product solution for KPN because it can be connected to all its existing DSLAMs over SHDSL," Elalouf adds. The product offers ATM multiservice and management capabilities, guaranteeing Quality of Service (QoS) and traffic shaping.

About RAD

Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications, Tel Aviv, Israel, has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company's installed base exceeds 4,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 18 RAD offices and more than 200 distributors in 105 countries.

RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions.

For more information, visit http://www.rad.com.
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