New RAD All-in-One Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device Cuts Inventory and IT/OSS Costs, Speeds Deployment

ETX-203AX NID Offers Broad Range of Modular Uplinks

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November 03, 2011

RAD Data Communications announced today it will unveil the industry’s first All-in-One Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device at Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo Americas 2011 November 8-9 at the Hilton New York.

The compact ETX-203AX Network Interface Device (NID) is completely modular, enabling operators to deliver Carrier Ethernet services over different media from a single part number. Connectivity includes dual 100/1000 Mbps fiber/copper links, bonded NG-PDH circuits or SHDSL EFM, with future modules supporting GPON, bonded VDSL and other media.

Key to OpEx Reduction, Faster Deployment: Single Part Number for Different Service Infrastructures

“The IT and OSS resources required to introduce a new managed network element in a service provider network can run up to $1 million and take up to one year before commissioning,” explains Uri Zilberman, President of U.S.-based RAD Data Communications Inc. “Instead of seven or eight rounds of OSS development, a single part number for different service infrastructures requires only one round and reaps enormous operational and certification savings as well as faster time-to-market.”

“Throw in lower inventory levels, fewer truck rolls due to installation miscues, simplified training, and integrated management and the value proposition justifies the modest extra CapEx investment in comparison with standard NIDs.”

Several Generations of Carrier Ethernet Development
The ETX-203AX all-in-one Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device builds on several generations of RAD’s Ethernet product development and technology, featuring powerful hierarchical traffic management capabilities with per-Ethernet Virtual Circuit class of service (EVC.CoS) shaping for service level agreement (SLA) assurance and advanced hardware-based operations, administration, and management (OAM) for highly accurate service validation, connectivity verification, fault management, and performance monitoring for end-to-end SLA measurement.

“Operators not only have the ability to deploy a single best-of-breed device with uniform service definition regardless of the infrastructure, but they also have a built-in migration platform should they replace a copper connection with a fiber one,” adds Zilberman.

“Operators that have deployed Carrier Ethernet on a wide-scale are keenly interested in OAM capabilities, that help reduce OpEx,” said Ron Kline, Principal Analyst Network Infrastructure Ovum. “While lowering TCO is the goal, intelligent demarcation also provides service differentiation capabilities that can lead to higher revenues for the operator. In the Carrier Ethernet market, the SLA is becoming one of the most important service differentiators and without it you lose business. Ensuring that SLA criteria is met is also something you can’t do without intelligent demarcation.”

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