Accedian Networks ™, a leading provider of Packet Performance Assurance™ solutions for telecom, cable and wireless communications providers, announced today customer revenue and profit gains by up to 65% when the company’s solutions are used to deliver premium Ethernet business services. The unique combination of Ethernet service creation, service assurance, and the new Plug & Go™ auto-provisioning feature allow EtherNID™ & MetroNID™ packet assurance demarcation units to efficiently enable these services over existing networks.
While pricing for best-effort Ethernet access has dropped 50% over the past 3 years (Telegeography Research, 2008), Ethernet with guaranteed quality of service (QoS) is in high demand, commanding 25% - 65% higher pricing in a recent survey of North American telecom operators and cable MSOs offering a tiered portfolio. Performance-assured services allow enterprises to migrate to lower-cost IP-based phone systems, introduce video conferencing, replace business-critical legacy services (ATM, T1s, Frame Relay) and subscribe to a wide variety of hosted and managed applications, resulting in significant overall savings in information technology (IT), communication and travel expenses.
Accedian Networks’ EtherNID™ & MetroNID™ units (accedian.com) provide a turn-key solution for service providers introducing these premium Ethernet services, exceeding the performance of high-end switches and routers at a fraction of the cost. The units’ new Plug & Go™ auto-discovery, port configuration and auto-inventory capabilities allow end-customers to install the units within minutes, unassisted - reducing service deployment time and expense to the absolute minimum. By deploying units only when a customer commits to the service, providers match expenses to revenue. This self-financing approach enables rapid, new service roll-out without the usual financing requirements.
Once installed, MEF-Certified Carrier Ethernet service creation, zero-latency traffic shaping, continuous performance monitoring, and standards-based Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) functionality can be easily configured by the operator remotely. These features establish premium-grade, tiered services (e.g. bronze, silver, gold service levels), that can be guaranteed by fully-assured Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
“Our customers are not only realizing significant revenue and margin gains, they are winning new market share with highly-differentiated services. They are also using our solutions to enter new, performance-sensitive verticals demanding ultra-low latency, including financial trading, media content delivery, and medical imaging,” said Patrick Ostiguy, founding President & CEO of Accedian Networks. “Many of our customers have established Ethernet services over a national or global footprint, while regional operators use our platforms to compete with larger incumbents. It’s a carrier-grade solution that provides an almost immediate return on investment.”
A video overview of this “pay as you grow” strategy is available online. Winner of the Frost & Sullivan, Carrier Ethernet & Router Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award, Accedian Networks will chair the session “Growing Ethernet Service Revenue in a Downturn Economy”, and speak on the panel “Ethernet Service Delivery Options” at Comptel Spring, March 2-4, Dallas, TX. Solutions will be demonstrated live in booth 319 at the convention.