Author: Walter Mansell
ISBN 978-1-62137-849-5 (hardcover)
Ethernet, the LAN technology, is the universally accepted technology deployed on all public and private data networks. The migration from the legacy telecom and Cable TV networks is towards a single network capable of supporting all voice, video and data services over a single interface (wire). The service platform to support these services is Carrier Ethernet. The customer interface for the next generation network is Ethernet.
You could, in fact, consider Ethernet as the new dial-tone for the next generation network. Carrier Ethernet incorporates Ethernet LAN technology as the foundation to build the services platform. Carrier Ethernet provides the service provider with a ability to offer customers a range of granular services which can be uniquely tailored to the customer's requirements. In addition, Carrier Ethernet gives the service provider the means to control performance, provides a maintenance model, and defines the structure to enable accurate billing for such services. It's a big win for the customer as no new equipment is required to work with their existing LAN equipment.
For the service provider the Carrier Ethernet equipment is less expensive to purchase, deploy, and maintain. The last point to establish is that Carrier Ethernet is a collaborative technology. In many cases service providers may not have the network footprint to support all of their customers' locations. In such cases the service provider who "owns" the customer must rely on network operator partners to maintain the required customer service for their clients. All service providers and network operators should be on board and fully support Carrier Ethernet services and functions to participate in this market. All job functions within the service provider organization should understand the basic concepts and functions of Carrier Ethernet to apply their particular expertise and maximize the value they bring to the mission of the organization.
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