As a leading independent vendor of telecom software and
equipment to OEM and service provider customers, Data Connection continues to go from strength
to strength. Read here about
We have added to our IP routing feature set as our customer list and market share
momentum continues to grow. In the second half of 2004 we added Full Restart for
DC-BGP, DC-ISIS and DC-RIP, together with a wealth of smaller enhancements. Data Connection's
routing products are further enhanced by offering an integrated control plane with DC-MPLS.
The first release of our Multicast product family, providing PIM Source Specific Mode (SSM)
support, has shipped and will be followed next year by subsequent releases offering full PIM-SM and
DC-Megaco, DC-MGCP, and DC-SIP have been extremely successful in the VoIP market. H.248 V2 support
is now available in DC-Megaco, and version 2.3 of DC-SIP was recently released including a
B2BUA application framework and support for the SIP statistics MIB.
We are also releasing a new variant of DC-SIP offering a framework for small-footprint applications
such as SIP handsets.
Integrated Control Plane
Not to be outdone by the VoIP and IP routing developments, the DC-MPLS feature set has also
expanded. Extensions to Facility Fast Reroute and PWE3 enhancements have been released.
Also, our Router on a CD tool, a CD-ROM that demonstrates basic features of Data Connection's routing
protocols, now includes support for DC-MPLS and RFC 2547.
DC-ATM and DC-GMPLS continue to dominate the market with full support of all the relevant standards.
Data Connection's optical networking protocols include GMPLS, OIF UNI & NNI, and
DDRP. DC-ATM support includes signalling, PNNI, ILMI, and SVC/PVC management.
Finally, we are in the process of adding IPv6 support across our entire
Integrated Control Plane. DC-LDP was the first product to be extended (and shipped back in June).
In December, we are adding IPv6 support in DC-OSPFv3, DC-ISIS, DC-BGP and DC-Megaco. IPv6 support for
DC-RSVP, DC-RIP and DC-SIP will then follow quickly in the new year.
For more information on our network protocol software, please see
We recently announced our results for year end August 31, 2004 and are proud to claim our 23rd
consecutive year of revenue and profit growth. Revenues and profits were $52M and $15M respectively,
compared to $40M and $12M for the previous year. The consistent growth we have experienced over the
last 20+ years can be attributed to the unique model we have closely followed since our inception.
In summary our model is to
- recruit, train, and retain talented staff
- offer unrivaled customer support and service
- deliver the highest quality product possible.
Our whitepapers continue to be an extremely popular source of technology information for the industry.
Our most popular papers remain SIP Market Overview and IP Multicast Explained. We are repeatedly told
that Data Connection's whitepapers are extremely well written and informative. The purpose of each paper
is to inform the reader on the technology and relevant forces that shape the industry while remaining
completely vendor neutral. There are 13 whitepapers available for download at
MetaSwitch, our next generation softswitch division, continues to grow, with revenues
up over 250% compared to the previous year, leading to recognition by Infonetics Research as the
market leader in the Class 5 packet switch segment. Significant milestones achieved during the year
included the 50th switch deployment (to Georgia's Progressive Rural Telephone), acceptance by the
federal Rural Utilities Service, and the introduction of a revolutionary new media gateway design
with increased density to meet the demands of larger tier 2 telcos. The division now has over 70
deployments with incumbent and competitive telephone operators, primarily in North America. For more
The company's Internet Applications Group, which provides unified messaging,
web conferencing and directory solutions, saw strength in service provider, OEM and
government markets. Highlights included the introduction of version 3.0 of its popular MeetingServer
product, recognized by Frost & Sullivan with a prestigious Customer Value Enhancement award,
and the introduction of MailNGen, a fully packaged unified messaging solution for service providers.
MailNGen is being distributed both directly and via a number of key channel relationships established
during the year with major vendors. For more information, see
The Enterprise Connectivity Group, which offers SNA and SNA/IP products and
technologies for enterprises and OEMs, also recorded increased revenues, derived from a combination
of long-term strategic OEM relationships including Cisco, HP, IBM, and Microsoft, and product sales
to blue-chip enterprises such as Citibank and Banco Santander. For more information, see