RAD Unveils Carrier Ethernet Service Aggregation Platform Conforming to Emerging CE 2.0 Specifications
New ETX-5300A Features the Highest Capacity-to-Size Ratio in the Market for Substantial Cost Reductions per Link
RAD Data Communications has announced the launch of the ETX-5300A Ethernet Service Aggregation Platform, which grooms Ethernet and TDM traffic from the access network to the provider’s edge (PE), enabling operators to substantially reduce their operational costs per Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) link. Conforming to emerging Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) CE 2.0 specifications, the new device offers a complete Carrier Ethernet ecosystem in combination with RAD’s popular demarcation NTUs (NIDs).
“It’s almost magic what our engineers were able to do with this device,” states Amir Karo, Vice President of Marketing at RAD Data Communications. “RAD has applied its wide experience and technological expertise in access networks to design a central-site Carrier Ethernet solution tailor-made for pre-aggregation in larger networks but equally able to be deployed as a service hub in smaller operations or private networks,” he continues. “And we’ve addressed the ‘sweet spot’ for operators requiring full-blown functionality and high-port capacity but packaged in a small-form factor box that uses less than half the power consumption than any competitive product in the market.”
“RAD’s ETX-5300A is the type of solution that defines a next-generation carrier Ethernet access/aggregation platform optimized for converging business, wholesale, and mobile backhaul services onto a single, operationally efficient network infrastructure,” explains Stan Hubbard, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. “Its high port density, hierarchical traffic management features, synchronization solution set, 10GE ring support, and smooth service and network management integration with other Ethernet access platforms in RAD’s portfolio should resonate well with network operators looking to address a variety of applications.”
“To address current market pressures, service providers are looking to minimize costs and accomplish as much as possible with minimal equipment,” adds Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services at Vertical Systems Group. “With that in mind, their needs are best addressed by systems that intelligently aggregate and manage the most Ethernet traffic at the lowest cost and smallest footprint.”
3U High Unit Packs up to 80 GbE or 16 10GbE Access Links
The ETX-5300A aggregates up to 80 GbE or 16 10GbE access links into redundant 10 GbE ports, freeing up expensive PE capacity and significantly reducing CapEx and OpEx by cutting the price per link by half, or more, when working opposite RAD’s ETX Carrier Ethernet demarcation devices. It can also be deployed to deliver SLA-based business Ethernet services. The 3U-high device can easily be placed in street cabinets, basement communications rooms or crowded racks in their access POPs.
Carrier-Grade Ethernet-Based Services with TDM and Advanced Timing-over-Packet Solution
“The ETX-5300A includes powerful hierarchical traffic management features to increase service efficiency along with wholesale carrier-to-carrier ENNI connectivity for end-to-end network visibility and service mapping, as well as legacy TDM capabilities,” notes Eyal Aloni, RAD’s ETX Portfolio Manager. “Moreover, it features an extensive toolset with an
unsurpassed suite of advanced timing-over-packet synchronization technologies, including a 1588 Grandmaster Clock, so it can also be used to provide timing-over-packet services in wholesale networks and serve as a single instrument for empowering the convergence of business and mobile network services over the same infrastructure.”
“The ETX-5300A transforms RAD’s Carrier Ethernet portfolio into a complete ecosystem to build a full access network,” Aloni concludes. “Complementing our wide range of demarcation CPEs, it provides a single source access solution with the same ‘look and feel’ in terms of service and network management, and is built to lead the market in delivering high performance at an affordable cost.”
RAD Data Communications provides Service Assured Access solutions that reduce operational complexity and improve service profitability for retail, wholesale and mobile service providers, as well as evolutional migration solutions for service providers and power and transportation utilities, facilitating a smooth, secure and cost-effective transition to packet-based networks. RAD’s multi-faceted in-house technology embraces OAM and performance management; service assurance; traffic management; fault management; synchronization and timing over packet; TDM pseudowire; ASIC and FPGA development; hardware miniaturization; and SFP form-factor solutions. The company's installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and encompasses more than 150 service providers around the world, including Bharti Airtel, British Telecom, CenturyLink, China Mobile, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Embratel, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison, KDDI, KPN, SingTel, SoftBank, Sprint, Telefónica, A1 Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, Telus, T-Mobile, Verizon International, and Vodafone. RAD is active in industry standardization bodies such as the IETF, Broadband Forum, ITU, and MEF.
RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions.