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May 31, 2006

Metro Ethernet Forum Certifies RAD Data�s ETX-102 and ETX-202 Ethernet NTUs

Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Associate Editor

Telecommunications equipment manufacturer RAD Data Communications announced yesterday that its ETX-102 and ETX-202 Ethernet network termination units (E-NTUs) are now certified by Metro Ethernet Forum as carrier-ready according to the organization’s MEF 9 standard.
Testing for the certification was performed by Iometrix, an independent laboratory in California.
Iometrix’s president, Bob Mandeville, explained in a press release the significance of the certification: “MEF 9 is an innovative service-oriented test specification that verifies that the services delivered to the subscriber at the user network interface (UNI) – the critical point at which the subscriber's and service provider's areas of responsibility meet – conform with MEF technical specifications.”
Mandeville continued: “Specifically, MEF 9 tests Ethernet virtual connection (EVC) and UNI attributes. This saves the service provider the time and cost of in-house testing and accelerates the speed of service deployment to customers.”
RAD’s E-NTUs are ideal for service providers who want to own and operate network equipment that is located on the customer’s premise, since they set up what RAD describes as “an intelligent demarcation between the user and operator networks.”
ETX-102 and ETC-202 enable service providers to deliver a range of differentiated services, such as:
  • Inter-office LAN connectivity
  • Internet access
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
From the Ethernet carrier perspective, RAD’s E-NTUs are also advantageous because they provide a variety of key features, including:
  • Rapid service creation
  • Smooth scalability to 10 Gbps
  • End-to-end protection
  • Robust service level agreements
  • Flexible support for voice, Internet, and multicast traffic
Made up of more than 80 member companies, the Metro Ethernet Forum is a non-profit organization dedicate to accelerating Metro Ethernet network adoption worldwide. The organization’s stamp of approval means that service providers and carriers choosing RAD’s E-NTUs enjoy an extra level of assurance that the products will deliver necessary functionality.
Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page.

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