CopperCom Inc. says it has adopted a new ATM standard that will make it easier for DSL service providers to wheel out packaged voice and data services.
The company says two of its network devices support Embedded Operations Channel (EOC), an ATM Forum standard for a management link between service provider switches and gear that is installed at customer sites.
Vendors including CopperCom already had proprietary methods of making these links between their own switches and the customer site equipment, known as integrated access devices (IAD). IADs combine voice and data from customers into a single packet stream that is carried over a DSL line into the carrier network. There the stream is sorted by a packet switch that acts as a gateway to data networks and traditional voice networks.
Many vendors have made their management protocols interoperable with those of other vendors on a case-by-case basis, and adopting the standard makes this interoperability much easier to attain. Interoperability will make it possible for service providers to use a single IAD from several different vendors, which should help promote competition and drive down prices.
CopperCom says its MRX IADs as well as its CopperCom Gateway packet switch are compliant with the EOC standard. The company says it will use its Copper Compliant labs to certify that its implementation of EOC is compatible with EOC-compliant equipment made by other vendors. It is common for different vendors' implementations of standards to require tweaking in order to work with other vendors' implementations.