SCTE CableTec Expo, Orlando October 16, 2012 – Omnitron Systems, today announced the successful completion of lab trials using its iConverter® GM4 Network Interface Demarcation Device supporting the DEMARC Auto-Configuration (DAC) process.  Defined by the CableLabs® DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE™) DEMARC specification, the DAC process allows DEMARC devices to be automatically provisioned, enabling Carrier Ethernet services over the DPoE network. Omnitron’s successful lab trials were conducted with a major Cable MSO and demonstrated how automating provisioning shortens deployment time and reduces operational costs.

“Cable MSOs can now leverage their existing DOCSIS OSS, the scalability of EPON, and the Service OAM functionality of the DEMARC to accelerate revenue growth from Carrier Ethernet services,” said Rammy Bahalul, Omnitron’s Vice President of Marketing. “With demonstrated support for the DAC process and its MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 compliance, the iConverter GM4 NID reduces the operating costs associated with complex Carrier Ethernet deployments.”

MSOs are deploying Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (EPON) to overcome the limitations of HFC networks and provide key Carrier Ethernet service requirements, such as dedicated symmetrical bandwidth and multiple Classes of Service.  The CableLabs DPoE specification unifies the provisioning of EPON and HFC networks by standardizing network management through the DOCSIS OSS.  The DPoE DAC process further standardizes the automatic configuration of the DEMARC, without relying on manual configuration or vendor-proprietary provisioning.

When connected to DAC-enabled DPoE System and DPoE Optical Network Unit (ONU), the iConverter GM4 retrieves the management channel information through the DAC process and completes the automatic provisioning through standard DHCP and TFTP.  As demonstrated in the lab trial with a Small Form Pluggable DPoE ONU, the DAC process eliminates lengthy on-site installation, and reduces the possibility of human error resulting from a manual turn-up process.   After the Ethernet service is activated, the iConverter GM4 further streamlines Ethernet deployments with built-in RFC 2544 and Y.1564 service testing to validate throughput and SLA assurance.

iConverter GM4 NIDs provide tools for optimizing service delivery and managing the customer experience throughout the life cycle of an Ethernet service.  Network management, Service OAM and fault protection provides higher perceived service quality and workforce productivity, rapid outage restoration, fewer reported problems and greater customer satisfaction.  Support for Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) enables rapid and accurate service deployments, and service testing remotely validates the integrity and SLA metrics service.  ITU-T Y.1731 Performance Monitoring OAM probes measure a variety service parameters, and IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management provides instant notification and tools to facilitate remote fault isolation and troubleshooting. The iConverter GM4 NID also supports ITU-T G.8031 and Rapid Spanning Tree service protection features to minimize service down time.