The Madras-based Future Software has bagged an order for 1,000 copies of its MPS-8/X.25 switch and PAD from the Deutsche Bank of Germany.
According to Future Software, Chairman and Managing Director K.V. Ramani, for the first time a hi-tech software product developed in India has won such a big order worth around $250,000.
Ramani told Business Standard that the multiple protocol switches is much more compact than the conventional international competing brands and is also much faster.
Also, MPS-8 can be used with X.25 and IBM’s SDLC and QLIC protocols, enabling a much wider network connectivity at a cost 40 per cent less than that of competing brands.
The telecom software has been developed jointly with German company Controlware GmbH.
According to Ramani, the product is exported as the telecommunication technology in India is not advanced enough and there is no demand for this hi-tech product.
The product has won the approval from the Deutsche Bundepost (German PTI) and is being marketed there for the past one year.
So far, 250 to 300 copies have been sold and the new order from Deutsche Bank is expected to give a further boost in sales.
The company also won a order for 500 copies from another German firm, Fiduccia. The company has planned a major launch next year, covering the UK, France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, and Australia.
The next year’s launch is expected to boost sales to around 5,000 copies in a couple of years. He said it took around 40 man-years to develop the product and a full year and another six months to get is performance tested and get the German Bunderpost certification.
The MPS-8 is an 8-port multi-protocol switch providing wide area connectivity. It supports CCITTs X.25, X.3, X.28 and X.29, which are wide area network protocols used all over.
Ramani said the software also provides extensive network management support through an SNMP (simple network management protocol). The software allows the unit to be managed from a LAN (through Arcnet interface provided in the unit) or through a WAN (via X.25).
Besides, MPS-8 supports down sliding whereby enhanced versions can be downloaded to remote units.