As more and more carriers jump into the telecommunications arena providing T1 services, the
amount of equipment to supply these services to customers is dramatically increasing. And the
number of manufacturers who provide equipment to the carriers is exploding at an even more
Some of these new suppliers have never made equipment for the public telecommunications network
before. Their equipment has resided only in the highly-controlled environment of computer and data
processing rooms, and their inexperience with the rigors of the less controlled Central Office (CO)
and outside plant facility environments has resulted in reliability and operability problems. One
carrier has even experienced a meltdown due...