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AT&T Boosts Capacity Of Integrated Network Connection Service

Looking to offer users more traffic capacity and potentially large savings in access lines, AT&T will offer an enhanced version of its Integrated Network Connection Service (INCS), which handles a site's voice and data traffic on one link instead of two. The original and enhanced versions are targeted at retail branch offices looking to support all traffic on a single outgoing pipe.

While the original INCS supports 24 voice calls and 1.3 Mbps of frame relay, IP, or Ethernet traffic, the enhanced offerings will support 48 voice calls and up to 6 Mbps of traffic. It uses a technology called inverse multiplexing, which enables an AT&T-provided and managed asynchronous transfer-mode box on the user's site to multiplex multiple 64-Kbps channels to form larger pipes as needed.

Branch sites that don't use INCS and have separate T-1 access pipes stand to save big in that area by using either version of INCS and casting off the second link. Savings could be between $500 and $1,500 a month per location. Both INCS versions work with companies' existing equipment, including private branch exchanges and local-area network hubs.

The service is flexible in that AT&T's ATM multiplexer detects how much and what kind of traffic is coming from the user site and allocates bandwidth on the access line accordingly. "A service like INCS meets the needs of companies with fluctuating bandwidth demands because it responds to traffic loads by dynamically assigning available capacity,'' says Daniel Briere, founder of telecom consulting firm TeleChoice. "And the potential savings from cutting your access pipes needs in half at each site is not something to sneeze at.''

AT&T did not provide pricing for the enhanced version of INCS. It will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

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