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Metro Ethernet services

Metro Ethernet services vary from provider to provider, but the most commonly requested and provided metro ethernet services are:

• Metro Ethernet private line
Is a point to point data transport service. Within metro Ethernet terminology is capable of delivery to the customer as a user network interface. The provider may offer and price this service based on achievable bandwidth and perhaps price the service based on distance. The customer can connect either routers or switches, or even computers.

• Metro Ethernet wire service
Is a point to point port based service similar to metro Ethernet private line, one difference is that this service is a shared service, not dedicated. The metro Ethernet wire service function maintains customer transparency, as a shared service, pricing may be lower.

• Metro Ethernet relay service
Is an offering that makes Ethernet look similar to frame relay, hub and spoke network, it’s considered a shared access service that is a point to multipoint service. Providers may offer this service based on bandwidth, distance, and similar to frame relay, committed information rate. As a switched, shared service, metro Ethernet relay service may have cost advantages over using an equivalent number of dedicated metro Ethernet private lines to build appearance of a hub and spoke topology.

• Metro Ethernet private ring service
Is a metro Ethernet service type that is built on a provider core network such as optical ring. Metro Ethernet private ring service is a dedicated bandwidth service available in both point to point and multipoint. As a dedicated bandwidth service, it is usually levels based on desired bandwidth with uptime service level guarantees, is typically a service for delivering mission critical metro Ethernet connectivity between metro data centers, headquarter and are essential to a company's business transactions.

• Metro Ethernet multipoint service
Is a multipoint port based service. To carry metro Ethernet connectivity to multiple locations and preserve the customer's Ethernet campus design requires both metro Ethernet multipoint service and a transparency feature. This is usually enough for a customer or large enterprise, but generally not enough for a metro provider with many customers. Rate limiting is a common feature of this offering, and the metro Ethernet service may be level based on bandwidth, distance and guaranteed using options of committed information rate.

• Metro Ethernet relay multipoint service
Is a multipoint virtual local area network based service and differs from metro Ethernet multipoint service by allowing both multipoint and point to point metro Ethernet services to be multiplexed across the same customer metro Ethernet access.

If customers understand metro Ethernet, so it is useful for providers to speak intelligently about their metro Ethernet offerings and to simplify their marketing and billing methods to coincide with the simplicity of metro Ethernet. The concept of transparent services is largely what is intended by the customer when inquiring about metro Ethernet. It's important to be sure what kind of metro Ethernet service is in the customer’s mind when is requesting the service.