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Alcatel-Lucent 7210 Service Access Switch
Alcatel-Lucent expands the 7210 SAS family with the SAS-R6, targeted at 10G applications requiring both switch fabric and control plane redundancy; and the SAS-T, targeted at 10G VPLS/VLL demarcation applications; adds PEG and Lazus as customers. (4/2/2014)
| Subscriber Access |

Cisco Catalyst and ME E-Series Aggregation Switches
Cisco’s ME Series continues to address access and aggregation applications with multiple specialized models; however, as SDN becomes more prevalent it will experience considerable market pressure. (4/2/2014)
| Subscriber Access |

ECI NPT-1020 and NPT-1200
ECI’s NPT-1020 and NPT-1200, which are part of ECI’s Native Packet Transport (NPT) family, are designed to provide multi-service packet and TDM transport as well as managed MPLS-TP and Ethernet demarcation services, including MEF 2.0 certification. (4/2/2014)
| Subscriber Access |

Juniper Networks ACX Series Universal Access Routers
Juniper’s ACX Series Universal Access Routers are purpose built to support adaptive services architecture, enabling rapid deployment of access services and transforming the network to create a seamless end-to-end service delivery platform. (4/2/2014)
| Subscriber Access |

Tellabs 7300 MES Series
Tellabs 7300 Metro Ethernet Switching series addresses key operational challenges faced by service providers as they offer differentiated carrier Ethernet services, such as business, residential, mobile backhaul, video distribution and IP. (4/2/2014)
| Subscriber Access |



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Carrier Ethernet Access and Aggregation Router Buying Criteria
  • Service Delivery Capabilities
  • Interface Support and Density
  • System Performance and Architecture

Carrier Ethernet Access and Aggregation Router Product Metrics
  • System Performance and Architecture
    • Switching Capacity (Gbps) Half Duplex
    • Service Performance (Pkt forwarding rate Mpps) Full Duplex
  • Interface types and Density
    • 10 Gbps Ports/Chassis
    • 1 Gbps Ports/Chassis
    • 10/100/1000 Base-T Mbps Ports/Chassis
    • Other Interfaces
    • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Service Assurance Features
    • Redundant Power, Fans, Feeds
    • Ethernet Ring Resiliency Ethernet APS/ERPS (G.8031/G.8032)
    • Interface Redundancy, LAG group, (IEEE 802.3ad)
    • Control, Data, and Management Plane Separation
    • Graceful Restart
    • 50 ms Link Failover
    • MPLS Fast Reroute
    • Hitless Layer 2 failover
    • Hitless Layer 3 failover
    • Non-Stop Services
    • Hitless Software Upgrade
    • Link Aggregation
    • Load Balancing
    • Other Resiliency Features
  • Quality of Service/Class of Service
    • Number of Forwarding Classes supported per port
    • Service-based QoS
    • Interface-based QoS
    • Subscriber-based QoS
    • Traffic Management (Rate Shaping/Limiting/Marking)
    • IEE 802.1p Traffic Prioritization, DSCP
    • Policy-based Traffic Mangement
    • Hierarchical QoS
    • MPLS
    • IPv4
    • IPv6
  • Timing and Synchronization Support
    • IEEE 1588v2 PTP
    • Synchronous Ethernet G.8262
    • BITS (T1/E1)
    • Contacts - Alarm Input/Output
    • Stratum Level Clocking
    • Other Methods
  • Layer 2 Services
    • IEEE.802.1Q VLAN Tagging
    • IEEE 802.1v VLAN classification by Protocol & Port
    • IEEE.802.1ad VLAN Stacking (Q-In-Q)
    • Port-based VLAN support
    • Subscriber-based VLAN support
    • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) (IEEE.802.1D)
    • Multiple STP domains per VLAN (IEEE.802.1s/1w)
    • IEEE 802.3ad Static Load Sharing
    • IEEE 802.1 ah MAC -Mac - Provider Bridging
    • IEEE 802.1ah extensions for Backbone Bridging
    • IEEE 802.1ah extensions for Backbone Transport
    • Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling (L2TP, other)
  • Layer 3 Services
    • MPLS VPNs
    • Ethernet Over MPLS (EoMPLS)
    • Support for Hybrid L2/L3 Tunneling Mechanisms
    • L2 VPNs Tunneled through MPLS
    • H-VPLS
    • EoMPLS Tunnels
    • Vendor Specific Enhancements/Support
  • Multicast Support
    • IGMP v1, v2, v3
    • Additional Multicast Support
    • Metro Ethernet Compliance
    • MEF 9, Ethernet Services
    • MEF 14 - Ethernet OAM
    • MEF 18, CES
    • MEF 21 - Ethernet UNI
  • Pseudo Wire Support
    • CES
    • Packet
    • PseudoWire Redundancy
    • Other
  • Management Support
    • PPPoE
    • Ethernet OAM support (CFM, BFD,
  • Network Management
    • Network Management
  • Physical Specifications
    • Slots/Chassis
    • I/O Slots
    • NEBS Compliance
    • Power Requirements
    • Chassis Options
    • Chassis Size
    • Environmental Hardening (Extended Operation Temperature Range)
    • System Applications
    • Availability
  • Additional Info.
    • Customers
    • Special Notes
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