The ETX-5300A Ethernet Service Aggregation Platform from RAD Data Communications “grooms” Ethernet and TDM traffic from the access network to the provider’s edge, helping operators reduce their operational costs per Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) link. ??

Conforming to emerging Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) CE 2.0 specifications, the N.J.-based company says its new device offers a complete Carrier Ethernet ecosystem in combination with RAD’s demarcation NTUs (NIDs).??

According to Amir Karo, vice president/Marketing, “RAD has applied its wide experience and technological expertise in access networks to design a central-site Carrier Ethernet solution tailor-made for pre-aggregation in larger networks but equally able to be deployed as a service hub in smaller operations or private networks.”

He continues, “And we’ve addressed the ‘sweet spot’ for operators requiring full-blown functionality and high port capacity but packaged in a small-form factor box that uses less than half the power consumption than any competitive product in the market.”  

The ETX-5300A aggregates as much as 80 GbE or 16 10GbE access links into redundant 10 GbE ports, company literature says, freeing expensive edge capacity and reducing capex and opex by cutting the price per link by at least half when working opposite RAD’s ETX Carrier Ethernet demarcation devices. It also can be deployed to deliver SLA-based business Ethernet services.  ?

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