SINGAPORE — Ericsson has extended its next-generation multi-service network solution, ENGINE, to include a portfolio of broadband services for small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs). ENGINE enables new packet-based multi-service networks to be implemented and supports a smooth and rapid evolution of existing circuit-switched networks into packet-based multi-service networks, officials said.
The integrated end-to-end SME offering, with one common management system, is based on ENGINE Access Ramp, Ericsson’s multi-service access node for copper networks. The SME access portfolio offers solutions over any type of network – copper, fiber Ethernet and radio access.
The portfolio of broadband services will enable operators to offer its business customers value-added services such as: Fast, always-on Internet with “speed in both directions” via SHDSL; virtual private networks over IP or ATM; voice over DSL; voice over IP; video services; managed bandwidth; wireless LAN.
Ericsson is said to be one of the first in the world with an up-and-running voice over SHDSL network. With the voice over DSL service, operators will be able to simultaneously offer high-quality voice and fast Internet access on existing copper lines without significant investments and with a very short time to market.
“Growth and development in the DSL access market is driven by the need for speed, and multi-service broadband access is quickly becoming crucial to SMEs,” said Ove Anebygd, vice-president of Ericsson Multi-Service Networks.
“Our SME solution enables operators to provide these businesses with higher speeds with symmetric bandwidth as well as multiple telephone and data channels on a single copper line.”