Making metro Ethernet services carrier class

There are many compelling reasons for deploying an Ethernet service in the metro access network – not the least of which is its suitability for converging video, voice and data applications over a simple, cost-effective infrastructure. So it is not surprising that service providers are deploying Ethernet to enable new services and create new revenue streams.

In order to achieve carrier class Ethernet service performance, operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) functions must be readily available to ensure QoS and meet provisioned SLAs. Realizing the potential of Ethernet as a service toward the customer and as a transport in the access network requires that we address the key issues of intelligent demarcation in separating the service provider network from the customer and delivering and managing carrier-class Ethernet services to the customer edge.

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