Actelis Networks' New Broadband Accelerators Dramatically Alter Landscape of Residential Broadband Market

New product line will help close the global digital divide.

FREMONT, Calif., March 16, 2011 - Actelis Networks®, the leading global supplier of Ethernet over copper solutions that is accelerating everything for service providers, today announced the immediate availability of a new product line of Broadband Accelerators (BBAs) that will greatly extend the rate and reach of high-speed broadband services to residential subscribers who have insufficient or no access to these services.

Actelis’ family of BBAs solves a critical problem faced by service providers around the world for years: how to deliver high-speed broadband services to millions of subscribers who are out of reach because of their geographic location from a central office, exchange terminal or remote DSLAM. Actelis’ family of BBAs provides an economical alternative to the high cost of deploying new remote DSLAMs, which do not scale profitably for regions at the edge of the customer serving area. Many large carriers also are challenged to bring fiber to the home due to unwieldy costs, while current DSL technologies have bandwidth restrictions at long distances, resulting in limited coverage. Consequently, where there is no business case or infrastructure to accommodate delivery of high-speed broadband services, Actelis’ new line of BBAs can be immediately and cost effectively installed by incumbent service providers to finally close the digital divide and deliver high-speed broadband services to unserved and underserved subscribers.

Line powered by the existing POTS infrastructure, Actelis’ ROHS6-compliant BBAs have minimal power requirements and require no additional equipment, thereby greatly reducing a carrier’s operational expenses. The Actelis BBAs are the only fully standards-based ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+ loop extenders available in the market today designed to cost effectively enable the delivery of broadband services to virtually every location throughout a carrier’s footprint.

Actelis has been the longtime industry leader in developing innovative EFM over copper solutions based on SHDSL technology for SMBs/SMEs and municipalities. The company’s new product line of ADSL-based BBAs complements its widely deployed EFM portfolio of Ethernet aggregation switches, Ethernet access devices and spectrally compliant repeaters. The Actelis BBA portfolio marks the company’s entrée into the residential marketplace, where Ioannis Kanellakopoulos, chief technical officer at Actelis, believes the company’s new product line will make a significant impact, as evidenced by field trials conducted with domestic and international service providers since 2009.

“Field trials have included delivering high-speed Internet and video services to rural areas,” said Kanellakopoulos. “These field trials clearly prove that, when using an Actelis Broadband Accelerator, ADSL-based broadband coverage can be increased by more than 50%, with rates boosted by as much as 100% on typical loops, and more than 300% on very long loops. Moreover, thanks to the unique expertise of Actelis in the areas of crosstalk management and spectral compliance, these improvements are obtained without any noticeable impact on neighboring ADSL lines.”

To complement Actelis’ ongoing efforts in developing best-in-class broadband solutions, the company recently raised funding to acquire the intellectual property and all related rights of Phylogy’s Triplestream™ product portfolio. Combining innovative products from both companies into Actelis’ new BBA product line provides a more cost-effective, easier to install and maintain solution. The acquisition of Phylogy’s intellectual property strengthens Actelis’ ongoing strategy to accelerate everything for service providers worldwide by providing pragmatic, economical and “green” broadband solutions that will deliver wide-scale broadband services to every business and residential subscriber regardless of their location.

“The recent investment in further developing Actelis’ broadband solutions for the residential market is another step forward in the company’s continued growth strategy,” said Vivek Ragavan, president and CEO of Actelis. “By further expanding our portfolio to include ADSL-based solutions for residential broadband services, we believe that Actelis is well positioned to be the clear worldwide leader in enabling broadband services over copper plant.”

The release of Actelis’ new BBAs comes at a critical time for international service providers and nearly 800 ILECs across the U.S. In fact, the country’s first National Broadband map, recently released by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), illustrates that a digital divide still exists in America, particularly in large areas across the southern and western areas of the country. Actelis’ new product line of BBAs is the most effective solution to address these unserved and underserved subscribers, and further strengthens the company’s ongoing business strategy to accelerate wide-scale broadband services to every business and residential subscriber regardless of their location.