AT&T Boosts Capacity Of Integrated Network Connection Service - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


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.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Reflections on Tech in 2019
James M. Connolly, Editorial Director, InformationWeek and Network Computing,  12/9/2019
What Digital Transformation Is (And Isn't)
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/4/2019
Watch Out for New Barriers to Faster Software Development
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/3/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
The Cloud Gets Ready for the 20's
This IT Trend Report explores how cloud computing is being shaped for the next phase in its maturation. It will help enterprise IT decision makers and business leaders understand some of the key trends reflected emerging cloud concepts and technologies, and in enterprise cloud usage patterns. Get it today!
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll