MRV Communications, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MRVC) has introduced a family of hybrid network interface devices (NIDs) to complement its OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet access line. Hybrid NID functionality enables operators to monitor Ethernet services delivered off-net.
Since many Ethernet services require the cooperation of two service providers or cable operators to create an end-to-end service for geographically dispersed customers, two NIDs typically had been required, one for each operator. The OptiSwitch Hybrid NID is designed to enable both service providers to simultaneously monitor and manage the same Carrier Ethernet demarcation device. In addition to maintaining service quality, the Hybrid NIDs reduce capital and operational expenditures by halving the number of NIDs required at the customer premises.
MRV says it is working with the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and CableLabs to define industry standards for hybrid NID capabilities.
“Carrier Ethernet is becoming the pervasive network technology because it enables creative and important new packet-based services,” said David Stehlin, senior vice president of sales and marketing for MRV’s Optical Communications Systems division. “As a result, there is now a critical need for providers to efficiently hand off packet-based services between networks. The hybrid NID technology now included in our OptiSwitch family of products is a key innovation that increases manageability, lowers capital expense, and facilitates consistent regional, national, and global Ethernet services.”
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