Ekinops, which describes itself as a leading provider of open and fully interoperable Layer 1, 2 and 3 solutions to network operators, has enabled the Czech Republic’s national infrastructure provider, Ceska Telekomunikacni Infrastruktura (CETIN), to extend the market for high speed business connectivity, by introducing access equipment that both accelerates and extends the reach of Ethernet services delivered over its existing legacy (copper) network. Claiming an industry first, Ekinops will provide CETIN with a business grade standardised and high speed Ethernet over VDSL2 as a wholesale service to any service provider. The vendor’s OneAccess OneOS6 based ONE521 access device solution is reportedly able to utilise the combination of two copper pairs to maintain greater bandwidth on longer loops than non-bonded VDSL2. Ekinops claims that the innovation broadens the addressable market for Ethernet over VDSL2 by supporting businesses located further away from the DSLAM. Referenced as ONE521 AV2d Gb5T/b with bonded VDSL, the new platform is based on the latest Broadcom BCM63138 chipset offering support for ADSL2+, VDSL2 up to Profile 35b and bonded VDSL2 annex b, also known as VDSL over ISDN.