Overture Extends MaestrOS Service Engine to First Carrier Ethernet Edge Platform, Introduces Powerful ISG 400 for Ethernet over TDM

Single platform enables business services and mobile backhaul over existing networks and speeds transition to all-optical networks, dramatically reducing service providers' operational expenses

Research Triangle Park, — November 04, 2010 — Overture Networks, the industry’s trusted Carrier Ethernet solutions provider, today introduced the ISG 400 Carrier Ethernet edge platform in order to dramatically simplify the transition from traditional TDM infrastructure to an all-optical Ethernet network, while supporting one of the industry’s most sophisticated service differentiation and performance assurance feature sets. With the ISG 400, Overture has leveraged MaestrOS™, its Carrier Ethernet service engine, to develop a third generation of Carrier Ethernet edge platforms, ultimately extending powerful features and applications to the subscriber edge.

The modular ISG 400 supports a wide range of network interfaces for delivering Carrier Ethernet services over existing DS3 or SONET/SDH infrastructure in order to meet the increasing demands from business services and mobile backhaul. Overture Networks designed this flexible Carrier Ethernet edge platform to help providers differentiate their services, reach customers on-net or off-net with a single platform, and enable sophisticated hierarchical quality-of-service and up to eight classes of service for each Ethernet Virtual Circuit. The ISG 400 can also help service providers troubleshoot and report on their service performance with link level Ethernet OAM (802.3ah), service level Ethernet OAM (802.1ag and Y.1731), and support for the latest MEF UNI 2.2 E-LMI specifications.

In addition, the ISG 400 enables a smooth transition to all-optical Ethernet by a simple connection change from the TDM interface module to the built-in Ethernet network interfaces, making it the industry’s most cost-effective, operationally flexible solution for delivering Carrier Ethernet services today and well into the future.

“As the network becomes optimized for IP-based applications, service providers want options for business services and mobile backhaul that use a combination of on-net and off-net access to reach their customers,” stated Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder for Infonetics Research. “In my evaluation, Overture’s ISG 400 gives service providers a new tool they can use to both increase revenue and gain operational simplicity.”

“Service providers are increasingly focused on the rapid transition toward Carrier Ethernet networks to address today’s tactical needs with an eye on tomorrow’s strategic goals—all with the highest quality and the lowest possible operating expense. We gathered over 1500 requirements from our leading global service provider customers and incorporated what we learned into the ISG 400 to ensure the performance, flexibility and service differentiation that our customers require today. And we focused on meeting their technical and operational needs going forward,” said Dave Stehlin, president at Overture Networks. “As service providers look for ways to differentiate their services in this highly-competitive landscape, the ISG 400 gives them all the tools they need to go to market with a compelling service offering.”

About Overture Networks

Overture Networks is the preferred Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation partner to more than 245 service providers and enterprise customers in 34 countries worldwide, including 10 of the top 15 US Carrier Ethernet service providers. Its innovative solutions have proven to be integral to a service provider’s ability to fully leverage Carrier Ethernet to multiply service revenues and streamline operational costs. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with a technology center in Richardson, TX, Overture Networks is relentlessly focused on providing solutions at the ever-expanding edge of the network. With its patent-protected, award-winning family of products for both business services and cell site backhaul, Overture Networks uniquely combines the packet-switched and circuit-switched worlds into a single architecture—at cost points that make it extremely attractive to offer Carrier Ethernet services to any size location—over optical fiber or copper transport. For more information, visit http://www.overturenetworks.com.

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