NG-EADs Now Include LTE/Broadband Connectivity, SDN Control and MEF 3.0
RAD, the industry leader of Service Assured Access, today announced the addition of disruptive capabilities to its next generation Carrier Ethernet access devices (NG-EADs), part of RAD’s Service Assured Access solutions. The ETX-2 NG-EADs now feature LTE/broadband connectivity to enable Carrier Ethernet services at the customer premises.
“As the leader in the EAD market, it is only natural that RAD would extend its offering to truly cover any access requirement,” says Ilan Tevet, RAD’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “By using readily available LTE or broadband networks, the ETX-2 NG-EAD allows service providers to deliver over the top (OTT) Carrier Ethernet services, a unique offering that hasn’t been available until now. This presents an opportunity for CSPs to create their own economical Layer 2 version of SD-WAN.”
The ETX-2 NG-EADs also bring service automation to the fore. They support SDN control and management, as well as a full stack of standardized LSO APIs that enable end-to-end orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains. As such, they opens the door for service providers to evolve from the traditional siloed approach into integral players in a worldwide federation of cloud-like networks supporting dynamic services anywhere.
With such powerful capabilities, service providers can achieve fast time to revenue by eliminating the typical 30-90 day setup period for customer branches, while eliminating the need to lease costly last mile services from wholesale providers. The ETX-2 NG-EADs also offer optional virtualization modules to allow RAD’s customers to enhance their services in a flexible manner by hosting any third-party virtual function.