SUNNYVALE, Calif. Only two weeks after completing its initial public offering, Redback Networks Inc. has turned its manufacturing lines up to full speed due to a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract from Qwest Communications International Inc. (Denver).
Qwest is the first announced carrier to deploy Redback's Subscriber Management System provisioning computer in a full range of Points of Presence wireless, Digital Subscriber Line, and cable-modem head ends.
Redback began life emphasizing the use of its service-provisioning platform in DSL networks, though the architecture was always neutral to the type of physical media used. Mark Weiner, director of marketing at Redback, said that at least one other unannounced carrier has an access base as broad as Qwest's, though Qwest's plans for using SMS 1000 and SMS 500 computers may eclipse anything Redback has seen to date in its work with local exchange carriers and other service providers.
Qwest will be using Redback systems in 15 of its 20 "TeraPOPs" nationwide, and will use more than one system in each TeraPOP to insure network redundancy. The bulk of the deployments will fall within the third calendar quarter, Weiner said, necessitating a rapid ramp of system production at Redback. Qwest's "Macro Capacity Network" will use such as advanced features of the Redback systems as "virtual routing" and Virtual Private Network establishment through Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol.