Chapter 1. Metro Area Optical Networks

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • The MAN environment within the total network architecture

  • Key services that are needed in the MAN

  • Technologies that are used in the MAN

  • Cisco products and the services they support

Service providers (SPs) today face the greatest set of opportunities and challenges ever. Enterprise customers have started to outsource their management and connectivity services to other providers. At the same time, to meet the challenges presented by a fluctuating economy and changing customer needs, SPs must explore new solutions and services.

This chapter introduces you to the characteristics of a metropolitan-area optical network (MAON) and discusses the applications and services in that ...

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