Sumitomo Electric Lightwave and Omnitron Systems have successfully completed interoperability testing of the DEMARC Auto-Configuration (DAC) process with Sumitomo’s FSU7100 DPoE Qualified Series EPON optical line terminal (OLT) and Omnitron’s iConverter GM4 network interface demarcation device. The DAC process provides automatic provisioning of the demarcation device for Carrier Ethernet services over DOCSIS provisioning of EPON (DPoE) networks. This interoperability demonstration verifies an end-to-end process for automating DOCSIS provisioning of Carrier Ethernet business and mobile backhaul services. “The interoperability between Sumitomo’s EPON OLT and the iConverter GM4 NID is another step towards accelerated DPoE deployments,” said Rammy Bahalul, Omnitron’s vice president of marketing. “Cable MSOs can now leverage their existing DOCSIS OSS, the scalability of EPON, and the Service OAM functionality of the DEMARC to increase profitability from Carrier Ethernet services.” “Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL) is dedicated to the success of the EPON and DPoE environment. DPoE and DAC bring increased efficiencies to large scale commercial provisioning systems freeing our customers from swivel chair provisioning and/or expensive proprietary customized solutions,” says Richard Rommes, SEL’s vice president of sales and business development for its network products division. “Achieving interoperability of the DAC process between SEL and Omnitron brings our customers one step closer to a fully automated commercial service provisioning process and exemplifies SEL’s dedication to the DPoE standard.” When connected to the DAC-enabled Sumitomo EPON OLT and using a SFP DPoE optical network unit (ONU), the iConverter GM4 retrieves the management channel and automatically provisions the Ethernet service. DPoE DAC eliminates lengthy on-site installation and streamlines service deployments for the lucrative small and medium business market. After the Ethernet service is activated, iConverter GM4 NIDs provide tools for optimizing service delivery and managing the customer experience throughout the life cycle of an Ethernet service. Built-in RFC 2544 and Y.1564 service testing validates throughput and enables quick deployment and circuit activation. ITU-T Y.1731 performance monitoring OAM probes measure service parameters and enable SLA monitoring and reporting, while the IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management provides instant fault notification and facilitates rapid remote fault isolation and recovery. The iConverter GM4 also supports ITU-T G.8032 and G.8031 Ring and Linear service protection to maximize service availability. Sumitomo Electric Lightwave and Omnitron Systems will be demonstrating the DEMARC Auto-Configuration (DAC) process at CableLabs Winter Conference on March 3–4, 2014, in Atlanta, GA. For more information on cable broadband equipment and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.