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GTE Set To Test SuperLine Access

AG Communication Systems, a subsidiary of Lucent Technologies, Monday announced that GTE Network Services will launch a dual state test of their SuperLine Access System in July.

The innovative bundled solution is designed to deliver additional voice lines and data over existing copper wiring, reducing upgrade costs and deployment time.

SuperLine voice and data access consists of the SuperLine Access Shelf manufactured by AG Communication Systems and the SuperLine Integrated Access Device manufactured by Paradyne Corporation.

The SAS resides in a service provider's central office or at a remote digital loop carrier's location. The SuperLine IAD is a connectivity device about the size of a regular modem that is located in a customer's home or office.

"Keeping up with the soaring demand for additional phone lines is a significant challenge," said Barry Paulson, GTE's vice president of operations planning and support.

Paulson said SuperLine would provide an immediate means to solve line shortages by filling regional gaps where deploying new copper pairs or other loop access technologies is too costly.

"Every day that service providers delay in putting SuperLine in their networks is a lost revenue and cost reduction opportunity," said Mark Emery, vice president and general manager of AG Communication Systems' New Ventures Group.

"SuperLine, service providers can quickly and easily expand their revenues and market coverage by addressing customer demands for multiple lines and higher data speeds."

SuperLine utilizes standards-based digital links to deliver the additional voice lines from a central office switch, and standards-based data connections at the central office and customer premises.

SuperLine can be fully populated in standard binder groups because it uses Paradyne technology to triple a copper lines functions within existing network services and legacy data circuits.

Unlike existing solutions for digitally adding lines to an existing copper wire, SuperLine is customer-installable. Service providers do not need to send technicians to each connecting site to install the SuperLine IAD. Self-installation significantly reduces costs and allows service providers to quickly get the new phone lines into service for increased customer satisfaction.

Subscribers simply plug the SuperLine IAD into a conventional power outlet and any existing phone jack. The additional phone lines are accessed through standard modular jacks on the SuperLine IAD and support enhanced voice services such as call forwarding, caller ID, and call waiting.

SuperLine supports the maximum-allowable speeds of V.90 protocols through 56 kilobit-per-second analog modems.

The SuperLine Access System being tested by GTE is also available from Lucent Technologies based upon an original equipment manufacturer agreement between Lucent and AG Communication Systems.