Telco Systems combines multiple-generation features into a single line card

JUNE 2, 2009 -- The company says its new Ethernet demarcation device simplifies provisioning of managed services in access networks.

JUNE 2, 2009 -- Telco Systems, a BATM company (search Lightwave for Telco Systems) and a provider of Carrier Ethernet access products, has announced a new single-user Ethernet demarcation line card designed to simplify the discovery and provisioning of remote devices and extend additional Ethernet OAM and remote testing capabilities to the customer edge.

As a service demarcation device, the Metrobility R861 has been designed to support link and connectivity OAM standards (IEEE 802.3ah, 802.1ag CFM and ITU-T Y.1731) as well as IEEE VLAN-aware and provider bridging standards, granular rate limiting, jumbo frames, and multiple options for remote loopback testing. These features enable remote troubleshooting, service assurance testing, multi-service delivery, and bandwidth allocation to support service-level agreements for commercial customers.

"The R861 technology allows a service provider's field engineers to initiate auto-discovery of its peer in a book-ended configuration and subsequently auto-provision at circuit turn-up to make installation quick and simple. The field engineer literally only needs to connect the fiber to the fiber interface and the R861 does the rest," says Mark Leal, product line manager at Telco Systems.

Supporting MEF standards, the line card combines the features of the company's 10/100-Mbps (R821) and 1-Gbps (R851) devices into a single card. It offers a media conversion element with a single trispeed (10/100/1000M) copper customer interface and a 100/1000M SFP-based fiber uplink. A 100/1000M fiber-based customer interface option is also available. The flexible design simplifies upgrades to a customer's connection and minimizes stocking inventory. Bidirectional single-strand and CWDM optics are also supported to maximize fiber capacity.

"While the R861 is currently managed through the company's WebBeacon and NetBeacon ESP Element Management System, it will be the first Metrobility product also supported by Telco Systems' BiNOSCenter NG," Leal explains. "This represents a migration path for our Metrobility customers to manage Metrobility products alongside the company's BiNOS-based IP products."

The R861 is currently available for customer trials with full general availability expected within 30 days.

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