Bringing intelligence to SFP simplifies operations and maintenance for network operators

GWANGJU, Korea and HILVERSUM, The Netherlands, February 29, 2012 — OE Solutions and AimValley today introduced Smart SFP™.

Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) are essential for service turn-up and SLA assurance in Carrier Ethernet networks. The Smart SFP™ integrates OAM functions into conventional SFPs providing operators an effective tool for monitoring and troubleshooting Ethernet services. This solution reduces system and network complexity, and offers lower carbon footprint while generating CAPEX & OPEX savings.

“The Gigabit Ethernet Demarcation OAM Smart SFP™, which Alcatel-Lucent developed in collaboration with Aim Valley, extends our 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) solution offering,” said Sam Bucci, VP & GM, Terrestrial Optics Product Unit, Alcatel-Lucent. “The Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS with Smart SFP™ provides customers service visibility at the network edge demarcation in applications like Mobile Backhaul, Business Ethernet and Carrier wholesale, and is essential for rapid service commissioning and revenue generating SLAs.”

Smart SFP™ provides instant support for Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM). On top of EFM Link OAM IEEE 802.3ah, the Smart SFP™ offers Connectivity Fault Management (CFM) of end-to-end Service OAM IEEE 802.1ag and Y.1731 Performance Management.

While adding standards compliant intelligence into the SFP at Gigabit Ethernet wire speed with low latency, the Smart SFP™ serves a wide range of transceiver types. Smart SFP™ variations include dual-fiber, single fiber BiDi, single-wavelength & single-fiber BiDi, and CWDM in both dual-fiber and single-fiber. Smart SFP™ can support Gigabit Ethernet reaches up to 80 km over Industrial Temperature range -40 ~ 85oC.

OE Solutions and AimValley announced their partnership agreement for next generation optical transceivers in December 2011. The Gigabit Ethernet OAM Smart SFP™ is the first product in their Smart SFP™ family.