Reference project

Various circuit-switched voice channels concentrate onto a packet-switched backbone

City Carrier Operates Legacy TDM Switch over MPLS Network


Offer traditional ISDN connections in new expansion areas where no SDH or copper infrastructure is available. Migrate TDM services to packetswitched
networks while maintaining consistent Quality of Service.


Connect the ISDN switch to the backbone Gmux-2000 hub site pseudowire access gateway. Customer premises equipment is connected using the IPmux TDM pseudowire access gateways.


The city of Norderstedt is located only a few kilometers north of the German metropolis of Hamburg. In 1999, shortly after the European telecommunications market was liberalized, the public utility Stadtwerke Norderstedt established its own communications company, cleverly named GmbH. Using this network infrastructure (of up to 100 Mbps), the company is able to offer the best value telephony services for the money, including free voice mailboxes, call
forwarding, secure high-speed leased lines for Internet connectivity, and a wide range of analog and digital television programs.

While has rolled out IP/MPLS/Ethernet infrastructure in new expansion areas, many customers expect the city carrier to continue to maintain their existing ISDN services. For such customers, a solution was required that transmits traditional, circuit-switched services over a packet switched infrastructure – a classic business model for TDMoIP® technology, developed by pseudowire pioneer RAD. TDMoIP creates a “virtual tunnel” through the IP/MPLS/Ethernet infrastructure over which the legacy traffic is transported.

“RAD gateways, equipped with TDMoIP technology, perfectly match our requirements. With RAD’s partner, Pan Dacom Direkt GmbH, we have a supplier by our side that provides excellent support and possesses  extensive knowhow for problem solving and installation.”, Sven Lange, assistant team leader for access and transmission technology in’s field equipment group.

Migration of existing TDM switching technology has been another challenge. Software adaptations and upgrades are no longer available for the platform that is in place, and the supply of replacement parts, or even the possibility to repairexisting parts, is limited. Therefore, a decision was made to gradually convert the voice platform into Voice-over-IP (VoIP) based architecture. During the period of transition, the traditional ISDN switch and the softswitch will be operated in parallel. For that reason, the new solution had to support conventional as well as softswitch solutions.

“Together with Pan Dacom Direkt, a local RAD partner, we developed a perfect solution to be able to offer ISDN services in areas without an SDH network,” says Sven Lange, assistant team leader for access and  transmission technology in’s field equipment group.“, says Sven Lange.


  • Seamless end-to-end solution
  • Proven pseudowire technology
  • Modular design
  • Central management


  • Quick and easy deployment
  • Transparent transmission of all ISDN features
  • Extensions available on demand
  • Configures and controls all components

The solution proposed by Pan Dacom Direkt is based on Gmux-2000 pseudowire access gateway at the central location, complemented with IPmux gateways. The TDM voice platform and softswitch are connected to the Gmux-2000 and, from there, to the backbone over redundant Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. On-site at the customer premises, IPmux units send the TDM traffic over IP. This combination allows transmission without compromising any ISDN feature. Because all new RAD equipment belongs to the same product family, has acquired a fully seamless solution. The gateways located at both central sites and remote  locations can be configured and monitored using a single management system.

“The modular Gmux-2000 installed at the headquarters allows extensions on demand at any time. So no unused ports are in operation, as would be the case with a non-modular alternative.”
, Markus Förster, Team leader Product
Management at Pan Dacom Direkt GmbH.

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