Omnitron integrates PoE to directly power small cell equipment

Oct. 16, 2013
Omnitron's GM4-PoE is billed as the first Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 Network Interface Device that integrates up to 60W Power over Ethernet (PoE) to directly power small cell equipment.

Omnitron Systems has launched its GM4-PoE, billed as the first Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 Network Interface Device that integrates up to 60W Power over Ethernet (PoE) to directly power small cell equipment, thereby reducing service providers' total cost of ownership (TCO). The company contends that integrating CE 2.0 demarcation and PoE functions into a compact device simplifies small cell deployments by eliminating need for power wiring to the cell or alternitavely, the usage of midspan power equipment, and therefore reduces the overall space, power and cost required for outdoor and indoor small cell deployments.

GM4-PoE NIDs are available in two PoE basic models; GM4-PoE+ and GM4-HPoE. Both models support the 802.3af PoE (15.4W) and 802.3at PoE+ (25.5W) standards per port, while the GM4-HPoE models also provide up to 60W of power per port. The GM4-PoE NIDs are available with full PoE power on up to four RJ-45 ports, and feature up to two SFP fiber ports that support G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection Switching to enable resilient ring configurations. Both the GM4-POE+ and GM4-HPOE models can be managed using Omnitron's NetOutlook EMS (Element Management System). With NetOutlook EMS, service providers can streamline the provisioning and management of thousands of small cell backhaul links with performance monitoring and fault management.

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The GM4-PoE NIDs also feature Zero-Touch Provisioning, ITU-T Y.1564 and RFC 2544 Service Activation Testing to simplify and automate large scale small cell deployments. Comprehensive support for ITU-T Y.1731 performance monitoring and hardware-based measurement with nanosecond resolution enable granular Service Level Agreement (SLA) assurances. IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management and protection switching enables the delivery of reliable services with uptime guarantees.

"Complexity, power requirements and high backhaul equipment cost have been critical factors slowing down small cell deployments," comments Rammy Bahalul, Omnitron's vice president of marketing. "The compact yet highly-integrated GM4-PoE now enables service providers to reduce installation complexity, simplify power delivery to the small cell and achieve the target cost structure required to accelerate small cell deployments."

See also: Carrier Ethernet 2.0 equipment debuts

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