Covaro Networks bridges gap between service provider and customer networks with its CC-410 Etherjack device

October 11, 2004

2 Min Read

RICHARDSON, Texas -- Ethernet service providers have longbeen plagued by disparate first-mile technologies and equipment that have made the desire to provide intelligent services and consistent customer experiences little more than a pipe dream in a land of big, dumb pipes. Recognizing this problem, Covaro Networks knew that if there were some sort of demarcation point that enabled service providers to offer consistent customer experiences over any facility, it could change the industry. Thus, the CC-410 was born.

"The CC-410 Etherjack® demarcation device offers service providers a way to establish that Ethernet demarcation point they've been wanting," stated Joe Bass, president and CEO of Covaro Networks. "In addition, it doesn't matter what the first-mile delivery technology is, the CC-410 works with all of them, and it makes the intelligent services offered to one customer location over leased DS3 look just like the services offered to another location over fiber."

The CC-410 supplies Covaro's intelligent Etherjack® demarcation functionality for existing Ethernet transport systems, providing both a network interface device (NID) and a service user network interface (UNI). The NID, which is Ethernet-in-the-first-mile (EFM) compliant, gives service providers the ability to monitor, test, loopback and manage services remotely over any facility. This capability, referred to as operations, administration, maintenance and provisioning (OAM&P), is possible on both sides (network interface and/or customer) of the demarcation point. In addition, the service UNI, which is compliant with the Metro Ethernet Forum recommendations for Ethernet service definition, ensures consistent quality of service (QoS) and priority when the service must be rate-limited at the customer premises.

The unique ability of the CC-410 to serve as the demarcation device for networks that feature a variety of first-mile facilities makes it ideal for service providers that want to offer service with the same look and feel to customer sites requiring different types of delivery facilities. In addition, the CC-410 is able to serve as a carrier-to-carrier demarcation point for wholesale Ethernet service handoff providers. The performance monitoring capability allows a carrier to verify that traffic is good at the time of receipt and continues to be so as itcrosses carrier boundaries up to and through its time of delivery.

"With the CC-410, Covaro has met two major service provider challenges the lack of a demarcation device and the lack of a way to provide consistent service over any media," Bass said. "Covaro is out there every day tearing down the roadblocks that slow the spread of Ethernet. Soon, there won't be any left."

Covaro Networks Inc.

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