15 July 2003 Merrimack, NH Lightwave- Metrobility Optical Systems today announced that it has completed interoperability testing with the Appian Communications Optical Services Activation Platform (OSAP) to offer a fully managed Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) fiber solution that extends from the smallest business establishment to the first central office of the service provider.
"Appian's OSAP and Services Termination Unit (STU) solution is designed to ease the migration from traditional TDM to carrier quality Ethernet services that are simple, scalable, and bandwidth efficient," said Anand Parikh, vice president of product marketing and business development at Appian. "While the STU extends advanced Ethernet and TDM over fiber services to facilities serving up to four customers, the OSAP supports the provisioning, aggregation, and grooming of these services onto a provider's SONET/SDH and IP services backbone," continued Parikh. "Extensive interoperability testing with Metrobility's Radiance Optical Ethernet System has shown that we can now extend fully-managed EFM services to also include single-tenant facilities with Metrobility's physical layer EFM solution."
Based on an advanced Ethernet switching and quality of service architecture, the OSAP and STU deliver fully managed, carrier-class Ethernet services that scale from 64 kbits/sec to 1 Gbit/sec in 1-kbit/sec increments. The Radiance Optical Ethernet System provides a set of operation, administration, and maintenance features for remote management, including line quality, troubleshooting and testing, and equipment health throughout the physical layer. These combined features enable service providers to not only enable the delivery, aggregation, and grooming of legacy TDM and next generation Ethernet services to a carrier's services network, but also effectively monitor and troubleshoot remote optical Ethernet links to lower the cost of ownership while providing greater customer satisfaction. Because the Radiance system is both modular and scalable, it supports Appian's scalable, pay as you grow service delivery architecture.
"Metrobility's EFM OAM solution relies on the ability to interoperate with Layer 2 and 3 Ethernet products to extend Ethernet's advantages to customers in the first mile," said Alex Saunders, chief executive officer of Metrobility. "Since our strategy is to provide service providers the tools necessary to create simple, reliable, and scalable Ethernet WAN solutions that dramatically reduce the cost of delivering metro access services, it is important that we continue to pursue interoperability testing with the leading network equipment providers, such as Appian."