ACG’s Carrier Routing and Switching service monitors and analyses companies, technologies, and strategies for hardware, OSS/BSS software, platforms, emerging technologies and transformation strategies for network operators. Service includes wireless, wire line, cable and ISPs. Coverage includes switches, routers, gateways, SIP and mobile broadband, Ethernet, IMS/SDP architecture, billing and revenue management, provisioning, fulfilment and assurance, network management, operations support, customer experience, predictive analytics, and managed services.
Service Provider Switching/Routing focuses on switching and routing technologies/products used by SPs at the access, aggregation, services edge and core of the carrier network to provide backbone services. Technologies covered include IP routing systems, traditional and next-generation ATM, and MPLS based systems.
ACG Research's service covers the following segmentations:
Core Routers are next generation Gigabit/Terabit Switch Routers providing Service Providers with direct SONET interfaces, scalability, flexibility, availability and redundant features. Key features include but are not limited to: IP-Based Network Interworking, IPv4/IPv6 Routing, MPLS P, Intra-AS BGP4, OSPF, RSVP-TE, Dedicated Internet Access, Terabit packet forwarding rates, and Robust Scalability.
Access Aggregation Switches also known as Carrier Ethernet Switches are used in combination with DSLAMs to provide basic Layer 2 connectivity. Access Aggregation Routers have Layer 2 features which include: QinQ (E-Line, E-Line), EoMPLS Pseudowire, Native IP and MPLS VPN.
Broadband Aggregation Routers (BNG) routes traffic to and from DSLAMs at the edge enabling SPs to enforce policy management and IP quality of service. Some features of the BNG are: terminates PPP sessions, SSG/Layer 3 Authentication, and Subscriber Management.
Multiservice Edge Routers (MSER) enables legacy ATM/FR networks to internetwork and route over an IP core. Also, routes and aggregates traffic at the edge. Key features include: Aggregation of multiple access types (ATM, FR, Leased Line/Private Line, and Ethernet), Interworking with MPLS (IEEE Martini draft) Mobile (IP RAN Aggregation, PDSN, GGSN, Mobile IP, Service Selection), VoIP/IMS (Edge Proxy, Session Border Controller (SBCs)), IP VPN (RFC 2547), IPTV (QOS, Multicast), Internet Access, Hierarchical QOS.
Ethernet Services Edge Routers (ESER) are high-end Carrier Ethernet switches that provides Layer 2 connectivity and Layer 3 features to provide Ethernet Services and Mobile Backhaul. ESER have the following Layer 2 and Layer 3 features: L2; QinQ into EoMPLS/VPLS, EoMPLS Psuedowire into EoMPLS/VPLS, L2 to L3;- QinQ or EoMPLS inot MPLS VPN, L3; Native IP, MPLS VPN, Encrypted VPN, IPSec/SSL into MPLS VPN, VPLS, IPVPN (RFC 2547), IPv4/IPv6 Routing, Ethernet Subscriber Management.
The syndicated service includes the following reports:
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