Sunday, January 15, 2006

Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath Deploys Atrica's Carrier Ethernet

Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath group, which provides business communications services in the New York metro area, has deployed Atrica's Carrier Ethernet Systems. The carrier operates an extensive fiber network in New York state. Optimum Lightpath is now offering E-Line and E-LAN Ethernet services and dedicated Internet Access via Ethernet service, all of which are delivered via a single converged network. Key features include flexible bandwidths and SONET-like 50ms protection.

Atrica said it was chosen for its performance in five critical functionality areas: support of TDM traffic via Circuit Emulation; guaranteed end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with CIR and EIR; sub-50ms resiliency; scalability of the network architecture; and carrier-class service management and provisioning, as well as its compliance with the Metro Ethernet Forum's Global Carrier Ethernet Service Definitions. Specifically, Optimum Lightpath is offering Ethernet via Atrica's Carrier Ethernet Systems which are Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and E-LAN (Ethernet multipoint-to-multipoint) services compliant with the MEF 9 technical specification for such services.

Atrica equipment deployed includes the A-2000 family of Carrier Ethernet Edge Switches, the A-4000 family of Carrier Ethernet Aggregation Switches and the Atrica Service Platform for Ethernet Networks (ASPEN), an integrated service provisioning and management system.

Enterprise Clients to Ethernet-based Services
of the vertical markets currently leading the demand for Ethernet services
include schools/universities, government organizations, financial storage
networks, high technology centers, and wholesale telecommunications
operators. Growth markets for Ethernet services include manufacturing,
healthcare, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), DSL backhaul, and
residential services. While they can certainly win new customers with a
broad range of Ethernet service offerings, carriers should first look to
their existing customers as migration candidates.

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