Transition Networks Makes Testing and Launching Ethernet Services Easier for Carriers
Service providers live in a world of complex networks with lots of moving pieces, and they are faced with the pressures of keeping costs down while at the same time introducing new services and scaling as demand requires. So helping service providers to get network elements and related services up and running as quickly and painlessly as possible addresses both their efficiency and their time-to-revenue requirements. Transition Networks is delivering on both fronts with its Ethernet products and related Converge Element and Service Management system, says Jon Collins, senior product manager at the company.
Collins met with TMCnet this week at competitive local exchange carrier gathering COMPTEL PLUS in Las Vegas.
Transition Networks, which has been around for about 25 years, provides MEF-compliant Ethernet products to the carriers. The customer base of the Minneapolis-based company includes mostly smaller telcos in the U.S. as well as some sizeable cablecos and telcos like Videotron and Telus in North America.
In addition to its demarcation devices and Ethernet access switches, which became MEF 2.0 certified as of January of this year, Transition Networks provides the Converge EMS system. Initially built to enable remote service provisioning on the Transition Networks boxes, Converge EMS now also can do service activation tests, and run and execute reports based on those tests, Collins explains. That makes it easier for service providers to run tests on such services as private line and ELAN, so they can get those services launched to customers as quickly as possible. The tests look at such parameters as delay, frame loss, latency, and jitter, so service providers can understand what kind of service level agreements they might want to offer in connection with the services. Although these capabilities are typically used during the prelaunch stage, service providers can use them at any time to evaluate network performance. And because the Converge platform is based on MEF specifications and templates, Leo adds, service providers familiar with MEF-defined services and practices don’t have to figure out a whole new way of doing things.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker