Just this week, fiber access and wireless backhaul equipment provider Transition Networks (News - Alert) introduced its latest Network Interface Device (NID), the S3280. With an already extensive NID portfolio in place, the S3280 builds on Transition’s expertise in advanced timing over packet networks and was designed to allow telecom and cable providers to deploy scalable services quickly and verify service performance. In addition the device honors Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) to customers, while minimizing capital expenditures.
The S3280 NID was designed to meet the demand for wireless backhaul with the expansion of mobile broadband and mobile video surpassing fixed broadband services in 2010. The device also addresses the increasing requirements for business class Ethernet with an influx of cloud services and increase in devices such as smartphones, tablets, etc.
Transition’s S3280 NID allows service providers to offer their subscribers tiered Ethernet services, based on Quality of Service (QoS) and bandwidth allocation per Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC). It also enables service providers to offer SLA-quality service and support through scalable, intelligent User Network Interface (UNI), creating a greater differentiation of service offering from their competition. According to Transition Networks officials, within these tiered services SLAs can be supported and verified through the use of built in performance monitoring statistics.
In terms of other Network Interface Devices on the market today, none can compare to the features and functionality that Transition’s S3280 provides. For example, the NID enables support for a variety of industry standards that competitors do not, including IPv6, G.8031/G.8032, private and protocol VLAN and VLAN translation. Additional features that the S3280 provides that its competitors do not are ACL support, LLDP, MAC based port security, IP source guard and ARP inspection, just to name a few.
“Customers continue to put more demands on service providers to offer reliable services that are faster yet more cost-effective. Transition Networks is committed to helping service providers exceed their customers’ expectations as well as their competitive edge and profitability that is the result of adding new services faster and more efficiently” said Kevin Faulds, director of product management at Transition Networks.
S3280 also reduces operational expenses (OpEx) by providing methods to quickly detect and resolve faults without the need to dispatch a technician to remote locations. All of the ports can either be customer or network facing, allowing for fiber to fiber, copper to fiber, or copper to copper handoffs. Some of the new features and capabilities include a complete Ethernet OAM suite that includes Ethernet Link OAM (IEEE (News - Alert) 802.3ah), Ethernet Service OAM (IEEE 802.1ag) and Performance Monitoring (ITU-T Y.1731). This device also fully supports IPv6 and SNMPv3 making it a viable solution for next generation networks, according to the company.
“The new S3280 provides a cost-effective way to meet even the most stringent customer demands and addresses wide-scale deployment challenges while providing deterministic features similar to traditional TDM circuits such as; Service OAM, Frame Delay (FD), Frame Delay Variance (FDV or Jitter), Frame Loss Ratio (FLR), single and double tagging, Quality of Service (QoS), bandwidth allocation and remote diagnostics,” Faulds added.
Edited by Juliana Kenny