Industrial Leased Line Replacement

Seamlessly migrate legacy devices onto a modern Ethernet/IP or T1 network

For decades, leased lines have provided critical communications support for SCADA, teleprotection, radio and phones. Now, migration from leased lines is picking up steam as companies in such industries as utilities, public safety, and military and government seek to move to a modern network that offers easy legacy device integration, crucial redundancy and reliability, and the significant cost savings they crave.

Replacement Solutions

Connect existing analog and TDM interfaces over an IP/MPLS microwave or fiber network, which is more cost-effective and easier to maintain than operating on leased lines. Customers have the option to use a pre-built IP network or build one out, and with existing equipment integration, they can save time and money.

The application diagram showcases a typical network that decided to upgrade to IP/Ethernet. Existing 4 Ch. FXS, 4-wire E&M and 4 Ch. dry contacts were kept in place, and a combination of microwave, fiber or MPLS was used to replace leased lines. With this application, users can expect to have uncompressed DS0 (64Kpbs) direct to IP using the JumboSwitch® TC3846-6 Analog & Dry Contact over IP/Ethernet gateway.

Another alternative to a copper leased line is the T1 line available from many Telcos. Users of this system will avoid dealing with prioritization requirements and cybersecurity headaches with no additional configuration.

When transitioning off leased lines users can expect extremely low latency and improved voice quality. The application diagram shows how one network was able to keep existing JPS SNV-12 Voters and Motorola Astrotac Receivers connected to 4W E&M Analog Radios and the TC8614 Analog & Dry Contact over T1/E1 Mini Channel Bank.

White Paper

Navigating Leased Line Network Modernization

Many carriers have been phasing out various leased line services for years, leaving critical industries challenged with replacement of existing devices due to cost, complexity, timing and more. This white paper explores common challenges and practical solutions to leased line retirement.

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Case Studies

Multi-County Public Safety Agency Upgrades Microwave Radio Network

A public safety communications network in Iowa required a system-wide replacement to keep police, fire and emergency first-responders connected. Reliability of equipment had degraded and vendor support was uncertain. Using a multi-service Ethernet platform, STARCOMM was able to improve audio quality and network management.

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ESRN Eliminates Leased Line Costs

East Shore Radio Network (ESRN) needed a replacement solution to eliminate their leased line costs. Support for leased lines had also lessened in recent years, so finding a cost-effective and future proof solution was critical. Through deployment of the JumboSwitch® TC3846-6, ESRN was able to fully integrate existing equipment while improving audio quality.

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Preserving Essential Legacy Equipment with Leased Line Replacement Solution

Learning that telcos were beginning to phase out analog leased lines, a Northern California county needed to quickly find devices compatible with existing 4-wire analog radios, voters and P25 trunked radio systems – otherwise they faced increased costs and network downtime. Through the right solution, the county preserved legacy radio equipment while establishing a secure Ethernet backbone for critical radio communications.

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Replacing Leased Line with T1

Facing disruption in critical communications when copper leased lines were planned to be discontinued, a town in New England was able to utilize T1 or Switched Ethernet services offered by the provider to keep emergency services in operation.

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Review

"Over the past 35 years I have used similar boxes from other vendors for similar applications. But I have never seen one that would produce such a linear, uniform audio transmission from one end to the other - especially across an IP link."
- Martin T. Vinson, N.C.T., A.S.C.E.T.

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Technology

Many Radio over IP (RoIP) solutions are SIP-based. SIP and VoIP can cause audio compression and have difficulty handling variation in latency. For a reliable and clear audio channel, particularly for critical communications, TDM over IP technology is a better alternative.

Clear uncompressed audio, passing tones and voter comparator compatibility can be achieved by using TDM over IP technology when designing a RoIP device for critical communications.

TDM over IP is a technology that emulates TDM over a packet switched network. TDM over IP takes a real-time bit stream and packetizes it. When combined with a special clock recovery scheme called Adaptive Clock Recovery* (ACR), this solution provides a low latency, reliable solution for clear analog audio and tones over an IP network.

As a result, TDM over IP-transported analog voice data is identical to a conventional telco's 600 ohm copper leased line. This technology has been used for many years to transport T1 or E1 over Ethernet.

*ACR is used to recover the clock by counting the bits in data stream which is extracted from packets received