Wednesday, June 13, 2007

American Fiber Systems Deploys Atrica's Carrier Ethernet

American Fiber Systems (AFS), which operates metropolitan fiber networks and offers wholesale transport services, has deployed Atrica's Carrier Ethernet platform. AFS has over 1,200,000 miles of its own metro fiber deployed. It provides Ethernet, wavelength, and TDM private line services, as well as dark fiber infrastructure, to operators and large enterprises in nine U.S. metro markets, including Atlanta, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Reno, and Boise. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AFS selected the Atrica Carrier Ethernet platform for its ability to deliver end-to-end 50ms protection, flexible bandwidths for both Committed Information Rate (CIR) and Excess Information Rate (EIR) services, and differentiated service offerings based on Quality of Service (QoS).

The Atrica gear is used to deliver Ethernet Transport Services, including Ethernet Private Line Service (EPL - a dedicated, point-to-point service with capacity from 50 Mbps to 1 Gbps, in increments of 1 Mbps), Ethernet Virtual Private Line Service (EVPL - which also provides point-to-point connectivity. A switched service, EVPL allows management of bandwidth, traffic handling characteristics and route destination), and Ethernet Virtual LAN Service (EVLAN - like virtual private line, only providing multi-point connectivity. This switched service enables management of bandwidth, traffic handling characteristics and route destination.).

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