29 May 2003 Merrimack, NH Lightwave -- Metrobility Optical Systems today announced it has joined the Juniper Networks' Infrastructure Alliance Program to provide service providers with comprehensive, end-to-end solutions for Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) services.
"There are limited solutions for the mass deployment of Ethernet services in the metro access market," explains Tony Scarfo, director of new market development at Juniper. "This partnership is important because it combines the best physical layer products from Metrobility with the best Layer 2 and 3 products from Juniper to offer a truly cohesive Ethernet First Mile solution for customers."
At the heart of the solution is Metrobility's Radiance Optical Ethernet System and Juniper Networks E- and M- series platforms, which enable customers to deploy Ethernet in the First Mile. Radiance provides a set of operation, administration, and maintenance (OAM) features for remote management, including line quality, troubleshooting and testing, and equipment health. These features enable service providers to effectively monitor and troubleshoot remote optical Ethernet links to lower the cost of ownership while providing greater customer satisfaction, contend company representatives. Because Radiance also enables copper-to-fiber conversion capabilities, service providers can also reduce the cost of the cabling infrastructure by using fiber only where required and increase the return on investment in legacy network equipment by utilizing existing copper-based switches.
"Being part of Juniper's Infrastructure Alliance program is a validation of our Radiance solution with comprehensive operations, administration and management capabilities," contends Alex Saunders, CEO of Metrobility. "Partnering with Juniper extends our strategy 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."
The Infrastructure Alliance program is a key element of Juniper's broad Global Alliance program, which is designed to help customers rapidly and profitably implement new network solutions. The program identifies qualified partners to deliver integrated solutions using the Juniper Networks product portfolio.