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Altran Announces Collaboration with Broadcom to Develop Carrier Grade Mobile Backhaul Reference Framework

Redwood City, CA and Interop New York, Oct 02, 2013 – Altran, a premier R&D engineering services and software company, today announced their collaboration with Broadcom to develop a carrier-grade mobile backhaul reference framework. Altran’s Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) has been tested and deployed in the field on Broadcom’s StrataXGS BCM56440 Ethernet Switch leveraging Broadcom’s latest Software Development Kit (SDK). ISS on Broadcom’s StrataXGS BCM56450 platform will be available by the end of this year.

Altran’s ISS leverages Broadcom’s StrataXGS® BCM56440 and BCM56450 switch SoCs to render Layer 2 and VLAN switching, Layer 3 routing, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), MPLS-TP, provider backbone bridging (PBB), operations, administration and management (OAM), protection, timing, and synchronization features to help equipment vendors build next-generation carrier-grade mobile backhaul solutions while reducing time-to-market and development costs.

Altran’s ISS is a field-proven, feature-rich software framework that offers advanced Layer 2 switching capabilities, IPv4/v6 routing, QoS, security, and management capabilities for a variety of network equipment. ISS is compliant with several Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) specifications such as MEF-9, 14, 16, 6.1 and 10.2, and it will be Carrier Ethernet 2.0 ready by Dec, 2013.

“In today’s highly competitive network equipment landscape, equipment manufacturers are faced with delivering high-performance products at reduced costs,” said Sridhar Raju, Assistant Vice President and Wireline Business Practice Head at Altran. “The complexity of capabilities, standards, and interoperability must be addressed in order to introduce carrier-grade products. Our collaboration with Broadcom aims to achieve this.”

Broadcom’s StrataXGS BCM56440 Ethernet Switch is designed to address the economic and performance challenges of service providers as they upgrade legacy mobile networks to manage the exponential growth in wireless data traffic and transition to 4G. The device offers carriers a seamless migration path to Ethernet-class performance and advanced services in the mobile backhaul network.

“The proven commercial success of Altran’s ISS framework and Broadcom’s StrataXGS Switch underscore the benefits that equipment manufacturers will receive when leveraging this joint time-to-market solution for developing mobile backhaul solutions,” said Srinivasan Balaji, Senior Product Line Manager of StrataXGS/Core Switching at Broadcom.

Altran’s ISS is also available on Broadcom’s chipsets for Datacenter Top of Rack switches including StrataXGS Trident (BCM56840) and Trident Plus (BCM56846), and it will be soon available on Trident II as well. ISS will also be available on Broadcom’s carrier Ethernet aggregation switches including StrataXGS BCM56526 in the future.

Altran is demonstrating features of ISS on StrataXGS BCM56440 at Interop New York 2013. To learn more about the solution, visit Ar at booth #E250 at Interop New York.

About Altran

Altran ranks as the undisputed global leader in engineering and R&D services. The Group offers clients an unmatched value proposition to address their transformation and innovation needs. Altran works alongside its clients, from initial concept through industrialization, to invent the products and services of tomorrow. For over 30 years, the company has provided expertise in Automotive, Aeronautics, Space, Defense & Naval, Infrastructure & Transportation, Industry & Consumer Goods, Life Sciences, Communications, Semiconductors & Electronics, Software & Internet, Finance and the Public Sector. Altran generated revenues of €2.9 billion in 2018, with nearly 46,000 employees in more than 30 countries. For more information, please visit

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For further information contact:

Shashi Shekhar Pandey
Marketing Manager, Altran