Telepath Networks Receives NEBS Certification On World's First Fully-Automated Network Provisioning Equipment
Paradigm-shifting technology will save the telecommunications industry billions of dollars in annual operating expenses
FREDERICK, Md., June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Telepath Networks, Inc. (www.telepathnetworks.com) has received NEBS certification (Network Equipment-Building System) (http://www.telepathnetworks.com/s.nl/sc.14/.f ) on its Intelligent Provisioning Center (IPC), which is the world's first commercially viable Automated Distribution Frame (ADF) technology for the telecommunications industry. The Telepath IPC is the first and only ADF to ever pass NEBS testing and receive full certification, which now allows for installation into the operating networks of the world's telephone companies. Telepath Networks' IPC was tested by an independent laboratory designated by a major U.S. communications company. Telepath Networks, Inc. IPC 64 sMRT has completed and complied with NEBS Level 3 testing and is currently undergoing UL Evaluation.
The Telepath IPC is the only solution to a global telecommunications industry dilemma. "Automation of the Central Offices (CO) and outside plant cabinets (OSP) of the world's telcos is like the last piece of beachfront property on the global telecom network. Nortel led the charge on digital switching. Alcatel captured the DSL switching market. Now, Telepath will corner the market on the least sexy, but last remaining piece of the network to be automated. The provisioning of service at the Central Office and OSP hasn't changed since the days of Alexander Graham Bell. It is done by hand and is the largest portion of the telcos operating expenses, a serious problem representing approximately $250 billion per year," said Ronald D. Coleman, Chairman and CEO of Telepath Networks.
Automation of the manual processes necessary is essential for telephone companies to remain profitable and meet competitive challenges, particularly those from cable and satellite. The need for automation has significantly increased in recent years as telephone companies compete for customers with an array of product offerings that extend far beyond voice service; the rapid expansion of broadband and the convergence of wireless and wire-line plant are placing major new burdens on the telephone companies' resources. There are an estimated three billion copper connections used in the telecommunications industry worldwide. Although much of the telecommunications infrastructure has been automated, providing telecom service, a change in service, or testing of a service still involves a person physically going to the central office to find and manually connect a pair of copper wires. The same procedure is required at the outside plant (the switching equipment located outside the central office) where a "truck-roll" is needed to turn on or modify service. Telepath Networks' Intelligent Provisioning Center (IPC) automates this process. Telepath's IPC offers automation, speed, cost savings, and reliability for a telephone company's central offices and outside plant networks.
NEBS (Network Equipment-Building System) describes the requirements for operating environmental limits of a typical United States Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) Central Office. NEBS is the most common set of safety, spatial and environmental design guidelines applied to telecommunications equipment in the United States. It is an industry requirement, whereby no telephone company will purchase equipment which has not met the NEBS standard.
Key to the IPC is the unique, proprietary micro relay developed by Telepath and known as a Transparent Embedded Magnetic Switch (TEMS™). It is manufactured using printed circuit board technology, is significantly less costly to produce and is far more reliable than any other micro relays available in the market today. The IPC also contains a softswitch component that is operating system (OSS) agnostic with respect to the different global telephone company networks. It has been independently lab tested and certified. This softswitch functionally is used by the IPC to provide the Network Management System and can also be utilized in the delivery of "triple play" broadband services to remote markets by expanding its features
Telepath Networks now has FOA (First Office Application) agreements with several telephone companies (including a major European company) for units to be installed in their existing networks. During an FOA, the device is actually installed into the telephone company's existing operating network, thereby demonstrating their confidence in the technology. The FOA process has traditionally been the final step before a telephone company places significant purchase orders for a device.
Telepath Networks is a privately-held company that has received two patents and has four patent applications pending. Its corporate headquarters are in Frederick, MD with its financial headquarters in Raleigh, NC.
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