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Network equipment provider deploys MontaVista Linux

Apr 20, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

MontaVista Software announced that its MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) has been deployed by Spanish network equipment provider (NEP) Teltronic in its private radio network basestations. The Teltronic basestations support the TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) standard for emergency, security, and police services, says the company.

Teltronic, a Spanish subsidiary of IBV Corp., specializes in mobile terminals, in-car terminals, and infrastructure equipment that comply with the TETRA standard for digital Private Mobile Radio (PMR) networks established by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). TETRA-based radio networks are used by emergency and security services, as well as police and public transportation systems.

The Advanced TCA (ATCA) compliant basestation equipment will offer “a substantial increase in call capacity and data throughput,” compared to Teltronics's previous systems, and feature high-speed parallel processing and fast switching between arrays of radio repeater stations, says MontaVista. The wireless basestation will represent Teltronic's first use of Linux in its products.

According to MontaVista, its CGE 5.0 distribution is the most widely deployed Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) solution in the world, and is used by seven of the top eight NEPs, including Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, and NEC. The company claims that it is the first Linux distro to be certified for the Linux Foundation's (LF's) Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.0, the LF's CGL 4.0, and IPv6. In 2006, the company announced a similar deal for TETRA infrastructure with Dutch NEP Rohill.

Stated Roman Abadias, Deputy Director of R&D at Teltronic, “We chose MontaVista Linux because it comes with the high-availability features we need — such as redundancy, clustering and replication — to meet our customers' very demanding requirements. And by using a commercial Linux product that offers these features, rather than trying to build and certify our own Linux, we have saved substantial amounts of engineering effort and expense, we have reduced risk, and we have shortened our development time.”

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