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RAD's MiNID Ethernet NID on an SFP Sleeve Wins Best Telecoms Product Innovation Award

Device Takes Honors in Awards Judged by Bob Metcalfe in Celebration of Ethernet's 40th Birthday
May 23, 2013

The MiNID Ethernet Demarcation NID on an SFP Sleeve, part of RAD’s Service Assured Access (SAA) solution, has been named the winner of the NetEvents Innovation Award for the most innovative telecoms product of 2013. The panel of judges was comprised of an independent body of ITC industry experts, including Dr. Robert Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet.

These prestigious awards recognize the very best in the technology industry and reward leading individuals and organizations for innovation and performance in the networking and telecommunications sector. They were announced on May 22 at a charity gala celebrating “Ethernet’s 40th Birthday” at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, in conjunction with the Ethernet Innovation Summit.

RAD’s finger-sized MiNID (Miniature Network Interface Device) plugs into the SFP cage of any manufacturer’s hosting device, transforming it into a Carrier Ethernet demarcation and SLA verification device for remote service monitoring and fault isolation. This enables service providers, wholesale carriers, and mobile operators to easily and inexpensively upgrade their networks to deliver reliable bandwidth with end-to-end SLA guarantees.

“What makes MiNID a winning telecom product is that service providers can now offer a premium SLA Assurance option with better fault isolation and low total cost of ownership," said Dror Bin, President and CEO of RAD. “MiNID breaks through the barriers of cost and complexity, making it possible to finally deliver Carrier Ethernet to everyone, everywhere.”

MiNID's innovative SFP sleeve design makes it a true plug-and-play solution that replaces standalone demarcation devices. In addition to virtually eliminating power, space, and cabling expenses, MiNID’s design renders certification issues with multiple SFPs non-existent. It is fully compatible with third party SFPs, switches, routers, small cells, DSLAMs, and other equipment.

RAD customers include operators and service providers such as Bharti Airtel, British Telecom, CenturyLink, China Mobile, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, Embratel, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison, KDDI, KPN, SingTel, SoftBank, Telefónica, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, Telus, Verizon, and Vodafone.

About RAD

RAD is a global telecom access solutions and products vendor, enabling service providers and network operators to evolve any service over any network. By allowing mobile, business and wholesale service providers to decouple service evolution from network evolution, we assist them in migrating at a pace that is right for them. They can leverage existing resources and prolong the use of a large variety of their current legacy interfaces and equipment, as well as maintain network and service performance to guarantee user experience.  In addition to providing an economical migration path to network edge virtualization, our Service Assured Access solutions are designed to deliver complete visibility for greater operational efficiency, as well as timing synchronization for LTE/LTE-A and future 5G deployments.

Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 16 million units, and works closely with Tier 1 operators and service providers around the globe. RAD is a member of the $1.3 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions.

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