Loop Telecommunications International is focused on engineering and manufacturing a broad range of high availability edge network products. Loop products are available worldwide through distributors and/or OEM resale partners. With the consolidation in the Telecom market and the increasing complexity of converged packet based solutions, Loop has seen the need to focus its sales, distribution and support on a few specialty firms that have the expertise to sell and support its leading edge products. As of 2018, Loop created a North American based subsidiary – Loop Telecom NA – to manufacture, warehouse, sell and support its products destined for North America. To accelerate the North American efforts, Loop is teaming with Data Comm for Business (DCB) to jointly form the new company. DCB brings over 30 years of Telecom equipment manufacturing, sales and support expertise and over 20 years of experience with Loops products, people and processes.
Loop Telecommunications International has supported the Telco and private network market for over 30 years creating innovative and awarded products starting with T1/E1 CSU/DSU units, expanding into multiservice integrated access devices such as the V4200-9, followed by the AM3440 multiservice digital cross connect devices (currently used in various FAA applications), the V4150 Digital Access Cross Connect system and the O9400 and O9500 SDH/SONET Add Drop Multiplexer Platforms.
Loop remains one of the few, if not only Telecom manufacturer that is actively developing new and revised products for the DS0/T1 and SONET markets – in fact has committed to customers to continue support for these technologies for a minimum of the next ten years.
In order achieve this long term support commitment, Loop has been aggressively migrating products away from ASIC’s (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) to FPGA’s (Field Programmable Gate Array) and implementing services in FPGA software. FPGA migration has been completed for the SONET controllers, E&M, FXS, FXO, Dry Contact, T1 and TDM circuit emulation products.
A number of major Loop products employ a passive backplane architecture, using card slots to implement the power, control and feature cards. Power supplies, controllers and feature cards are all hot swappable, typically with little or no service interruption. By combining FPGA software implemented DS-0, DS-1, SONET and Packet along with this passive backplane approach, the O9500 is much easier to modify, upgrade and maintain versus an architecture using multiple functions integrated into single circuit boards.
Loop is adapting the product offering to address the technology shift to packet based transport and access. A decade ago Loop began a large R&D investment into packet technologies. Loop has developed Ethernet switches and IP routers to their product line, Ethernet over TDM and Ethernet over SONET technologies. The initial TDM over packet technologies focused on providing Ethernet access services over T1 or SONET and Ethernet transport of T1 or DS0 circuits. About 5 years ago Loop began the development cycle to support both the emerging transport technologies of MPLS and Carrier Ethernet. The first of these products is the G7860, introduced in 2015. This platform provides both transport technologies, MPLS-TP and CE, along with a robust set of T1, SONET and Ethernet access interfaces, all in a single platform.