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ETHERNET IN THE FIRST MILE ALLIANCE FORMED

FREMONT, CA -- An alliance has been formed to promote the use of Ethernet in the First Mile subscriber access techn...


December 12, 2001  


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FREMONT, CA — An alliance has been formed to promote the use of Ethernet in the First Mile subscriber access technology and support the related IEEE standard effort.

The new Ethernet in the First Mile Alliance (EFMA), founded by nine leading infrastructure and service providers, will support the IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile Task Force, which was organized in September to develop the technical standard for Ethernet in the First Mile.

The goals of the EFMA are to:
Support the Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) standard effort conducted in the IEEE 802.3ah Task Force;
Contribute technical resources to facilitate convergence and consensus on technical specifications;
Promote industry awareness, acceptance, and advancement of the EFM standard and products; and
Provide resources to establish and demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability and encourage and promote interoperability events.

“The efficiency and economic advantage of Ethernet will make its use in the First Mile access network a win/win/win for subscribers, service providers and equipment manufacturers,” says Craig Easley, president of the EFMA and Director of Service Provider Marketing at Extreme Networks. “We believe the time is right to pursue a technical standard and form this multi-vendor alliance in order to prepare the market for this exciting emerging technology.”

The EFMA was founded by Alloptic, Inc., Cisco Systems, Elastic Networks, Ericsson Telecom, Extreme Networks, Finisar, Intel, NTT and World Wide Packets.

The first EFMA membership meeting is planned for February 2002.

For additional information about the EFMA, visit http://www.efmalliance.org.


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