Fast Ethernet to SDH converter 'one third' the cost of an ATM device

13 January 2003 -- RAD Data Communications will launch at CeBIT 2003 its new RIC-155 Intelligent Converter, which enables simple, efficient and cost-effective connection of Fast Ethernet traffic over SDH/SONET STM-1/OC-3 circuits.

13 January 2003 -- RAD Data Communications will launch at CeBIT 2003 its new RIC-155 Intelligent Converter, which enables simple, efficient and cost-effective connection of Fast Ethernet traffic over SDH/SONET STM-1/OC-3 circuits.

"Today, ATM or IP devices are routinely used for this same purpose," explains Amir Karo, Director of Product Management at RAD Data Communications. The RIC-155, however, is one-third the cost of any ATM device and much less still than an IP router in running Fast Ethernet over STM-1.

An Ethernet-based solution is more cost-effective than ATM or IP because Ethernet devices are simpler and their components are less expensive. Ethernet is also simpler to operate than ATM or IP, which saves both time and expense. "The RIC-155 yields a high return on investment," says Karo.

The RIC-155 is suited to transporting Fast Ethernet traffic over 155Mbit/s wireless links, backhauling IP traffic between
points-of-presence (POPs) and central offices, providing data services to multi-tenant unit office buildings (MTUs) and connecting large enterprises over SDH/SONET.

"Connecting LANs over SDH provides enterprise networks with the levels of reliability and availability of SDH enables carriers to commit themselves to the most demanding Service Level Agreements."

In-band management on the RIC-155 is available with the RADview SNMP network management system, which enables end-to-end network monitoring of the SDH and Ethernet links, resulting in lower operating costs.

The product supports VLAN bridging, enabling enterprises to maintain network segmentation and allowing service providers to ensure customer data security. Its coax interface and a large variety of optical modules enable standard connection to other STM-1/OC-3 devices.

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