Monday, July 10, 2006

AT&T Gains Cisco Powered Network QoS Certification

AT&T has earned the Cisco Powered Network QoS Certification for its AT&T "OPT-E-MAN" managed metropolitan optical transport service. The AT&T OPT-E-MAN service is delivered over Cisco 7600 series routers installed at AT&T's central offices for high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE) aggregation and Cisco Catalyst 3550 Series Switches deployed at the network edge.

AT&T is the first North American-based service provider to receive the designation recognizing Metro Ethernet solutions with exceptional service quality and low latency.

The Cisco Powered Network QoS Certification for metropolitan Ethernet services, created in September 2005, verifies that AT&T is committed to delivering to customers the highest levels of recommended service quality in compliance with the criteria and specifications defined by Cisco.

The certification process requires AT&T to undergo an annual third-party, on-site assessment to validate that best practices are followed for delivering recommended levels of network performance and customer support for different types of video, voice and data services.

AT&T OPT-E-MAN is a fully managed, switched Ethernet network service that can be configured in a variety of ways, including point to point, point to multipoint and multipoint to multipoint, with bandwidth ranging from 5 Mbps up to 1 Gbps. OPT-E-MAN is currently available in 19 metropolitan areas across the US.

AT&T OPT-E- MAN is supported by Cisco High Touch Technical Support to maintain high availability of the network infrastructure and help with service assurance.


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