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October 12, 2009

Fujitsu EoX Gateway unifies ethernet access networks

To aggregate, switch, and deliver COE services across access network

By CBR Staff Writer

Fujitsu has introduced new capabilities for its Flashwave 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) to allow the system to aggregate, switch, and deliver Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) services across any type of access network (EoX).

The company claimed that the EoX Gateway on the Flashwave 9500 benefits wholesale and retail ethernet service providers by increasing the number of addressable customers for differentiable ethernet and IP services, accelerating time to revenue by leveraging existing access networks, and reducing the cost and space of hub Central Office (CO) equipment.

According to the company, a single Flashwave 9500 EoX Gateway can aggregate hundreds of thousands of ethernet/IP circuits from hundreds of different physical access networks comprised of ethernet over Sonet/SDH (EoS), T1/T3 (EoPDH), WDM (Eo?), and fiber (EoF).

The new EtherMapper EoX Gateway cards and system software on the Flashwave 9500 Packet ONP transparently terminate a variety of access networks, perform COE switching and grooming, and present protected ethernet or Sonet/SDH handoffs to other transport or service delivery networks, the company said.

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Fujitsu further claimed that the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-compliant EoX Gateway on the Flashwave 9500 Packet ONP integrates the functionality of many network elements in central offices, hub sites, co-location facilities and IP service edges/POPs to further reduce the space, cost, and time required for ethernet OAM (Operations, Administration, and Management) over different types of physical access networks.

The company added that service providers can use the EoX Gateway to deliver a complete wholesale access service to their retail service provider partners by aggregating and delivering standardised MEF ethernet services over any type of access network from a flexible ENNI to a remote UNI at the customer premises.

In addition, the EoX Gateway can also be used to aggregate traffic from TDM-based 2G/3G and ethernet-based 3G/4G mobile backhaul networks, regardless of whether the cell tower is accessed via Sonet or ethernet.

The EoX Gateway on the Flashwave 9500 Packet ONP is remotely managed using the Fujitsu Netsmart 1500 Element Management System (EMS), which is the single, unified management system for the entire portfolio of Fujitsu Flashwave MSPP, DWDM, and Packet Optical Networking Platform products. The platform is available in standard local server-based and hosted versions.

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