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The Actelis® ML230 is a compact, next-generation Ethernet aggregation platform that delivers high-speed Ethernet services.

With Actelis’ best-in-class Ethernet over copper solutions, incorporating EFMplusâ„¢ and DRB technologies, the ML230 delivers unprecedented Rate, Reach and Reliability over existing copper facilities, enabling wide-scale deployment of Ethernet services and infrastructure. The ML230 is available with front and rear access options and installs within minutes, providing immediate deployment of broadband services. The ML230 offers a density of up to 64 ports per Rack Unit (RU). The ML230 is interoperable with any standard Ethernet switch or router and aligned with Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) recommendations, enabling Actelis’ systems to seamlessly integrate into Carrier Ethernet networks.

Architecturally, the ML230 platform serves as a Central Office (CO) aggregator in a Point-to-Multipoint topology connecting to multiple ML600 (copper) and ML500 (fiber) Ethernet Access Devices (EADs). For copper deployments, each ML600 EAD is connected to the ML230 via a High Speed Link (HSL) comprising 1-16 bonded-copper pairs and offering up to 230 Mbps per HSL. A number of ML230 systems can be stacked in a Star or Ring topology, providing flexible topology layouts and higher port density per uplink. To meet higher bandwidth and/or reach requirements, the Actelis ML230 can be used as an EAD, bonding up to 32 pairs per HSL and offering more than 400 Mbps per HSL. The ML230 HSLs can be used both for aggregation and service distribution.

The ML230 has a single Service Dispatcher Unit (SDU) slot and two Multi-port Line Unit (MLU) slots, allowing for incremental service growth, MLP (Modem Line Port) redundancy and flexible modem allocation (any modem to any HSL) using pluggable cards. A variety of SDU and MLU cards exist, supporting different numbers of Ethernet and modem ports per chassis. The MLU-32EF, MLU-32ER, MLU- 32DF and MLU-32DR line units offer 32 G.SHDSL.bis modems per card and up to 64 modems per shelf. The MLU-64DR and MLU-64DF line units offer a superior density of 64 G.SHDSL ports per card and up to 128 ports per ML230. When equipped with MLU-64DR/DF or MLU-32DR/DF, the ML230 offers significantly increased performance over bonded copper by utilising Actelis’ DRB technology.

The SDU-450 line card series offer advanced Ethernet switching capability as well as multiple uplinks, providing flexible integration into Ethernet and SONET/SDH networks. The ML230’s Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) ports accept standard 100Base-FX, 1000Base-FX, 2500BaseFX, 1000Base-T and T3/E3 modules. Digital Diagnostics Monitoring (DDM) capabilities are supported for enhanced diagnostic and troubleshooting.

The ML230 can dramatically increase reach by utilising Actelis’ XR239 G.SHDSL EFM repeaters and Actelis’ PFU-8x units for repeaters remote powering. The ML230 can support up to 8 hops (9 segments), with each XR239 supporting 2 copper pairs.

The ML230 supports current and evolving MEF service requirements, supporting 2000 EVC flows meters, policing and shapers. Additionally, the ML230 provides 802.1q VLAN-aware wire-speed bridging, optimises multicast switching by IGMP v1/v2 snooping, performs double tagging (VLAN stacking) for end-user VLAN transparency, applies 802.1p COS classification and marking, as well as supports per port egress rate limiting. Service resiliency can be assured using Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) (G.8032), offering sub-50ms protection switching. In addition, RSTP/ STP, Automatic Protection Switch (APS) and Link Aggregation (LAG) protocols are supported on all Ethernet ports.

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