ADVA intros Ethernet-over-copper platform

June 17, 2008
June 17, 2008 -- At NXTcomm, ADVA Optical Networking introduced an Ethernet demarcation device that enables extension of Ethernet services over leased T1/E1 lines or copper-based infrastructure.

June 17, 2008 -- At NXTcomm in Las Vegas, ADVA Optical Networking announced the launch of the FSP 150CC-584, the latest product in the company's Etherjack line of intelligent Ethernet transport products. The FSP 150CC-584 is an Ethernet demarcation device that enables extension of Ethernet services over leased T1/E1s or copper-based infrastructure. It allows a service provider to terminate up to eight distinct copper loops by bonding the lines together (nxT1/E1).

According to the company, because of the ubiquity of copper loops and universal availability of leased T1/E1 services in today's communications networks, the FSP 150CC-584 is "a natural choice" for service providers looking for creative ways to deliver Ethernet services to hard-to-reach customer locations. The product enables Ethernet extension over existing copper plant with up to 16 Mbit/sec of transmission capacity (12 Mbit/sec for T1s; 16 Mbit/sec for E1s).

For those out-of-region applications where a service provider must lease capacity on another carrier's network, the FSP 150CC-584 still allows the delivery of intelligent Ethernet services with high quality of service (QoS) levels and reliability via its embedded Etherjack technology. The technology provides essential standards-based Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) functionality and allows the tracking, collection and verification of service level agreement (SLA) data from the point of customer demarcation.

The nxT1/E1 functionality of the FSP 150CC-584 is proving critical for the burgeoning wireless backhaul application, contends ADVA, where mobile service providers are struggling to meet increased customer bandwidth requirements throughout their serving areas. As multimedia traffic grows exponentially between cell towers and switching centers, the FSP 150CC-584 enables wireless carriers to utilize Ethernet-based mobile equipment in locations where fiber or radio-based Ethernet services are not yet available.

"Fiber is still available to just 15.3% of all commercial buildings in the U.S. with 20 or more employees, and to just a fraction of similar commercial buildings in Europe," explains Erin Dunne, director of research services at Vertical Systems Group. "To offer ubiquitous Ethernet services, service providers and cable multi-service operators (MSOs) must reach the remaining percentages of those businesses – both in-region and out-of-region - still providing the highest levels of quality and service. ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 150CC-584 addresses these pain points and delivers a product that enables service providers to deploy intelligent, next-generation Ethernet services."

"This new product completes our spectrum of ubiquity," comments Fred Ellefson, vice president of global marketing at ADVA Optical Networking. "We now support Ethernet service delivery over SONET/SDH, fiber, DS3/E3 and nxT1/E1, while the ADVA Etherjack technology provides superior Ethernet service intelligence. We continue to expand our FSP 150 portfolio with innovative products that recognize and respond to the challenges carriers face today in the delivery of advanced Ethernet services."

The FSP 150CC-584 is a temperature-hardened device that can be used to deliver Ethernet services in both outdoor backhaul and indoor commercial applications. The device can be used to support Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-based services, including EPL (Ethernet Private Line), EVPL (Ethernet Virtual Private Line), E-LAN (Ethernet LAN) and E-tree, both on-net and off-net. The FSP 150CC-584 is shipping now.

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