Arctic Slope Telephone Selects REDCOM HDX Switching Systems to Serve Rural Alaska Communities

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REDCOM Class 4/5 Softswitches Provide North Slope Region with Reliable, Quality Service

REDCOM Laboratories Inc., a company that designs and manufactures the world’s most reliable digital and IP-enabled telecommunications systems, announced today that Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC) has selected three REDCOM HDX switches for installation at three separate sites in the upper reaches of Alaska.

Located above the Arctic Circle, ASTAC’s rural co-op service area in Alaska’s North Slope region is vast, encompassing 92,000 square miles of brutally cold and inhospitable terrain. To provide advanced, next-generation telecommunications services to Kaktovik, Point Lay, and Wainwright, ASTAC needed powerful, next-generation Class 4/5 softswitches that were extremely reliable, low maintenance, and low power given the difficulty with servicing telecom equipment in that environment. Two other ASTAC sites – Anaktuvuk Pass and Nuiqsut – have previously installed REDCOM HDX systems.

ASTAC selected the HDX with TRANSip®, a Carrier-Class softswitch based on the industry-standard Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) that fully integrates VoIP and TDM in a single Next Generation Network platform. Powered by the TRANSip technology suite, REDCOM’s HDX enables service providers to invest in the latest VoIP technology to drive their top lines while aggressively managing their bottom lines. With the HDX with TRANsip, service providers can incrementally migrate to VoIP in a cost-effective manner when it makes sense for their business, with complete legacy support and maximum flexibility of deployment.

“Our mission is to provide quality, competitively priced, and reliable state-of-the-art telecommunications services to the North Slope region,” said Charlie Carpenter, Chief Network Officer, ASTAC. “The REDCOM HDX with TRANSip, a fully integrated VoIP and TDM technology, is a cost-effective overlay on our existing network that allows us to capitalize on new opportunities such as Next Generation services without having to replace legacy infrastructure. REDCOM’s patented distributed architecture also minimizes the risk of single point failures ensuring the reliability of these softswitches with complete Class 4/5 capabilities.”

HDX with TRANSip provides telecom service providers like Arctic Slope with a complete, integrated VoIP-TDM solution with revenue-generating subscriber features, including wireless and local dial-up Internet access. By coupling enhanced VoIP capabilities with the reliable functionality of existing TDM network, TRANSip helps service providers to respond to consumer demands for Next Generation services while they manage their capital investments.

For more information about the REDCOM HDX, please contact the REDCOM sales department at sales(at)redcom(dot)com or call +1.585.924.6500.

For more than 30 years, REDCOM has specialized in the design and manufacture of innovative telecommunications products noted for their quality and reliability. REDCOM products provide customers with state-of-the-art public and private network systems, ISDN systems, integrated TDM and VoIP systems, transportable systems, programmable systems, and test equipment.

Located in Victor, New York, REDCOM markets to a global customer base including commercial telecom service providers, private networks, integrators, emergency responders, and government and defense agencies, customizing products to meet each market’s specific needs. All REDCOM products are proudly designed, manufactured and assembled in the United States.

Since the day ASTAC completed its first local call on the North Slope over 25 years ago, the core of our mission has been to deliver reliable, quality telecommunications to the villages and towns that we serve. Today, that mission has grown to include co-op members spanning 92,000 square miles of Arctic tundra. Our local services have grown also to include Voicemail, CLASS features, call waiting and many other service enhancements that bring quality of life to our co-op members.


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