The iConverter SFP NID is a Small Form Pluggable (SFP) Gigabit optical Network Interface Device (NID). It enables Service Providers to deliver low-latency, SLA-guaranteed Business Ethernet, 4G/LTE macro cell and metro/small cell backhaul services. The SFP NID can be installed directly into a switch, router or small cell, and saves Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) by eliminating the need for a standalone demarcation device. It also reduces Operating Expenditures by decreasing power consumption, space, installation and maintenance costs (OPEX).
The SFP NID is MSA SFF-8472 compliant with less than 1.5 watts power consumption. It functions as a 1000BASE-LX Gigabit Ethernet SFP transceiver and features full digital diagnostic monitoring. It is part of the iConverter platform, and interoperates with all third-party, standards-compliant Carrier Ethernet network equipment and test equipment.
The SFP NID Features real time OAM Performance Monitoring and Fault Management functionality. It supports ITU-T Y.1731 Performance Monitoring and IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management. When the SFP NID is plugged into existing network equipment, these features enable low-cost monitoring of Carrier Ethernet functionality, operation and performance.
Integrated ITU-T Y.1564 and RFC 2544 test heads provide multi-flow Service Activation Testing (SAT) of throughput, latency, jitter and frame loss at full wire speed.
Management can be accessed through the optical port or the electrical port, allowing it to be installed and managed anywhere along a Carrier Ethernet service path were UNI or ENNI functions are required. The SFP NID can be remotely managed via TELNET, SNMPv1, SNMPv2c and SNMPv3, and is integrated into Omnitron’s NetOutlook Element Management System.
This application example shows how a Service Provider can add Performance Monitoring and Fault Management to a small cell, a macro cell and to business services.
An iConverter XM5 Aggregation and Demarcation Device is deployed on a 10G Metro Ethernet fiber ring, providing aggregation to multiple Gigabit Ethernet fiber access links to various locations.
Installation of SFP NIDs instead of standard optical SFPs into the small cell and into the router at the macro cell tower immediately adds performance monitoring and fault management functionality to the backhaul services.
Installation of an SFP NID into a CPE switch at the customer’s location easily adds SLA monitoring capability for the Service Provider and the Subscriber.
By simply plugging the SFP NID into existing network equipment, a Service Provider can add SLA monitoring capabilities to its services, increase the value of the service, and enhance the customer experience.