Sunday, June 8, 2008

Turin Announces New Ethernet over Copper Capabilities, MEF Certification

Turin Networks announced new capabilities on its Traverse Multiservice Transport Switch that enable the product to deliver IP and Ethernet services over copper PDH (Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy -- DS1, DS3, E1 and E3) access networks. With this new capability on the Traverse platform, service providers of all types can now deliver MEF-compliant Ethernet services for On-net (Ethernet over Fiber) and Off-net (Ethernet over Copper) business customer locations using a single product.

The Traverse EoPDH (Ethernet over PDH) solution is a key component of Turin's iConnect for Carrier Ethernet solution that is designed for applications such as delivery of point-to-point E-Line and multipoint E-LAN Ethernet services to business customers, and cell site traffic backhaul and bandwidth optimization. Field trials of the Traverse EoPDH solution are planned with multiple wireline and wireless backhaul carriers.

The Traverse EoPDH solution consists of a new service interface module for the Traverse Multiservice Transport Switch that provides high-capacity aggregation and termination of EoPDH DS1, DS3, E1 and E3 circuits, with the ability to connect to thousands of business customer locations or cell site base stations in a single, compact chassis. The Traverse EoPDH module integrates fully featured Ethernet switching capabilities with the ability to granularly manage traffic in 1Mbps increments. High availability options are also supported, which are essential for enabling service providers to offer stringent SLAs for their business customers, and to provide the critical redundancy required for cell site backhaul applications.

Based on the existing ITU-T G.8040 standard, the Traverse EoPDH module offers a high degree of interoperability and carrier-grade performance. Interoperability testing has been completed with multiple industry-leading EoPDH NID (Network Interface Device) manufacturers to further ensure seamless interoperability in customer environments, details of which will be released in a future announcement.

In addition, Turin Networks announced that the 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching and transport modules for the Traverse Multiservice Transport Switch have attained essential Carrier Ethernet certifications from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The modules achieved MEF 9 and MEF 14 certification for all three service types defined by the MEF.

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