Press Releases

Mar 29, 2010

Telco Systems’ Business Demarcation Products Receive USDA's Rural Utilities Service Acceptance

Carrier Ethernet leader continues to support the growth of rural broadband

MANSFIELD, MA - Telco Systems announced today that its T-Marc family of Ethernet demarcation devices has been accepted for use in telecommunication projects funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The approvals enable service providers to extend guaranteed SLAs to business customers in their FTTH service area.

"The T-Marc extends the value of PON deployments by enabling providers to offer differentiated higher paying services to business customers such as assured bandwidth and TDM over IP, eliminating the need to maintain old legacy networks," stated Irit Gillath, vice president of product line management for Telco Systems. "The T-Marc also fits seamlessly into an Active Ethernet FTTH network, along with other RUS accepted solutions from Telco Systems like the EdgeGate and T5C aggregation switches."

The T-Marc product family is a multi-port customer-located demarcation device for business services and packet backhaul solutions. It provides extensive Ethernet OAM and test features for Ethernet, MPLS/VPLS and IP networks. Certified to multiple MEF, IEEE, ITU-T and IETF standards to ensure interoperability with the provider’s current infrastructure, the T-Marc family has been purpose-built to optimize CAPEX and OPEX for service providers as they continue to deploy managed services. The devices support a range of customer interfaces including 10/100BaseT, 100/1000BaseX and T1 ports, which support Circuit Emulation Services (CES).

USDA Rural Development Telecommunications program offers many programs for financing rural America's telecommunications infrastructure, and is dedicated to increasing economic opportunity and improving the quality of life in rural communities. The department has received $2.5 billion from the
broadband stimulus package for broadband deployment in rural areas in the United States.

Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA's web site at


About Telco Systems
Telco Systems designs and develops innovative, multi-service Carrier Ethernet access and carrier Ethernet network.

Telco Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications (London stock exchange ticker symbol: BVC). For more information on Telco Systems, visit our website at

Raylene Kadrmas, Telco Systems

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