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ADTRAN enters Unified Communications (UC) market

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ADTRAN (www.adtran.com) entered the unified communications (UC) market last month.  Whatsup with that?

More seriously, you have a traditional telecommunications hardware firm jumping into the fuzzy world of software solutions as a complement to the next step up the IP PBX food chain — more applications.  Once you add VoIP and PBX functionality, the [...]

ADTRAN in pictures – Part 4 – Network and Software Testing Labs

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Yes Virginia, this is the last of the ADTRAN photos.  This set covers the network and software testing labs; up “stack” beyond the physical layer if you prefer… The poster below does a good job illustrating the different types of testing that network products go through.

You’ll notice there’s a lot [...]

ADTRAN in pictures – Part 3 – Physical testing labs

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ADTRAN does an insane amount of in-house testing on the devices it builds.  The physical testing that prototype devices undergo is, frankly, mind boggling. 

A peek into the high-voltage (lightening) test lab.   Equipment has to take a couple of good hits from a lightening strike without catching on fire; [...]

ADTRAN brags about shotgun testing – where’s the YouTube video?

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Down in Huntsville last week, an ADTRAN executive was bragging about one of its pieces of outdoor gear was so tough that it had been spec’ed and tested to take a shotgun blast at 10 feet — without the paint being scratched.   I, of course, immediately asked to witness the test in person, but [...]

ADTRAN in pictures - Part 1 - Welcome and Introduction to UC

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WARNING: Some of the pictures below are pretty big and might freak out your browser and/or cause slow load times for this page.

Last week, I and about 26 other analysts and media were in Huntsville, Alabama as guests of ADTRAN.  The company was making its introductory launch of a unified communications (UC) software [...]

ADTRAN talks Unified Communication

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I’m in Huntsville watching a demo of NetVanta Unified Communication.  Around me are about 27 press and analysts, including a number of UC foodies, er UC consultants.

The demo is strangely familiar, highlighting how a real estate agent can use unified communications to integrate the web, voice, fax, email, but presentation makes it look [...]

Going to Huntsville to visit ADTRAN

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Next week, I’ll be traveling to Huntsville for ADTRAN’s press event. The company’s been hinting at new announcements on the SMB/VoIP side of the house.  Will have to break out the Flip Video camera for the tour of the manufacturing line.