Occam Networks Gigabit Ethernet and IP-Based Loop Carrier System Based on MontaVista Linux
Occam's BLC 6000 System provides voice, data and video services
January 2005 - Occam Networks (OTCBB:OCCM) is a supplier of innovative Ethernet and IP-based loop carrier equipment to telecommunications service providers worldwide. It's flagship product - the BLC 6000 Broadband Loop Carrier System was developed on and is running MontaVista Linux.
The BLC 6000 System is a complete loop carrier system that uses Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) as core transport and service protocols, to deliver voice, video and high-speed data services to residential and business subscribers. It integrates standard IP protocols for transport and control, offers scalable Ethernet trunking, and eliminates the need for additional pieces of access equipment such as a DSLAM, Ethernet switch, Optical Add Drop multiplexer or VoIP gateway. The BLC 6000 System is also the first loop carrier system to integrate Gigabit Ethernet transport, which provides cost effective bandwidth for high numbers of DSL subscribers, as well as video distribution and delivery of triple play services.
"Telephone companies are shifting to a Broadband IP delivery model for all of their services," said Kris Sowolla, vice president of Marketing for Occam Networks. "They are looking for a new generation of access network equipment such as Occam's BLC 6000 to take them into the future. Basing our product on a robust and flexible operating system such as MontaVista Linux has enabled us to create a platform to deliver triple play end-user services – voice, video and data – in a simple and affordable way."
"Telecommunications equipment manufacturers, such as Occam, want to deliver advanced new products to market quickly and at a competitive price point," said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president, Strategic Operations, MontaVista Software. "Supporting this goal, MontaVista Linux provides Occam with a scalable, high performance solution, that has strong networking capabilities, tremendous flexibility and a high level of service reliability."
Why MontaVista Linux was chosen?
A key advantage in using MontaVista Linux was that Occam Networks was able to get their flagship product to market in a very short period of time. Occam felt that they could have achieved some of their goals by using a commercial RTOS or even rolling their own Linux. However, the lengthier time-to-market at a higher cost was a deterrent.
Some of the other key reasons MontaVista Linux was preferred included:
- MontaVista Linux supported all hardware platforms that Occam was evaluating
- MontaVista Linux Professional Edition is a complete commercial-grade product containing everything their software developers would need
- Drivers provided by MontaVista partners simply ran on MontaVista Linux without any additional work
- MontaVista Linux has allowed Occam to customize their platforms for applications with very strict requirements.
About Occam Networks Inc.
Occam Networks Inc. develops and markets innovative Broadband Loop Carrier networking equipment that enable telephone companies to deliver voice, data and video services. Based on Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) technologies, Occam's equipment allows telecommunications service providers to profitably deliver traditional phone services, as well as advanced voice-over-IP, residential and business broadband, and digital television services through a single, all-packet access network. Occam is headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif. Additional information can be found at www.occamnetworks.com.