RAD Aids Ethernet Over ATM

ACE-201 network termination unit allows service providers to deliver Gigabit Ethernet services over their ATM infrastructures

August 29, 2005

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MAHWAH, N.J. -- RAD Data Communications today introduced the ACE-201, an attractively priced network termination unit (NTU) that allows service providers to deliver new high speed Gigabit Ethernet services over their existing ATM infrastructure.

RAD, a leader in innovative access solutions and network transitions for service providers and enterprises around the world, specializes in solutions that enable Ethernet and IP to be delivered over any infrastructure, and any service to be delivered over Ethernet or IP.

As a customer premises-located equipment (CPE), it also defines a demarcation point between the provider’s network and the customer premises. This provides the dual benefits of end-to-end traffic and network management control for the operator with no exposure to the ATM network for the user. Alternatively, the ACE-201 can serve as a traffic concentrator to enable enterprises to take advantage of public ATM networks for their Ethernet-based internetworking.

“Many leading carriers are heavily invested in ATM technology,” says Robert Bell, Product Line Manager at RAD Data Communications. “ACE-201 lets them leverage their existing infrastructure to offer popular new high-capacity Ethernet services and generate new revenues without making any further capital investments. With this NTU, there is no need for changes in the edge or the core networks, so deployment time is short, and costs and risks are minimal,” continues Bell.

The ACE-201 ATM uplink has a standard STM-1/OC-3c interface supporting service speeds of up to 155 Mbps and is available with single mode 1310 nm, short or long haul fiber interface. This allows for fast deployment by connection to an existing ATM switch STM-1/OC-3c port. The single Gigabit Ethernet user port comes with a choice of copper or fiber interface. The Ethernet frame size can be up to 1594 bytes to allow special formats, including ISL and stacked VLANs.

RAD Data Communications Ltd.

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