Enterprise Ethernet Transport Service (ETS) / Enhanced Transport Service (E-ETS) Prem To Prem / Prem To Prems
Description of Services
Belmont County Gig’s (BCGig) Ethernet Transport Service (ETS) is a switched Ethernet service that enables you to use Ethernet Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) technology to transport traffic among two or more disparate metro or rural locations as if they were part of the same LAN. BCGig uses industry standard native interfaces for Ethernet and IP-based networks, so you can transport data without protocol conversion or special equipment. BCGig’s ETS offering provides scalable bandwidth, which means that you can select from numerous increments to match your bandwidth requirements.
Service is available in Layer 1 Line Rate speeds from 5 Mbps to 10 Gbps, with options for redundancy, as well as real-time service and other network performance choices. In addition, the service includes flexible configuration options to meet various network needs.
BCGig provides ETS via fiber or copper customer facing physical interfaces, over a switched Ethernet-over-Fiber core network. You choose from three configurations: point-to-point (between two Ports); point-to-multipoint (hub-and-spoke design with virtual connections to remote sites); or multipoint-to-multipoint (three or more ports in any-to-any connectivity).
Port connections are available at 100 Mbps, 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps), 10,000 Mbps (10 Gbps), 100 Gbps and 200 Gbps. For these speeds, we offer various Committed Information Rates (CIRs) to meet your bandwidth needs. After we connect your ports to our switched Ethernet network, we can link them via point-to-point arrangement or, for three or more ports, use a multipoint arrangement.
Service Ports can be ordered in an Untagged UNI-based configuration or Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) Tagged NNI/Hub-based configuration. Port-based service sends data to EVC ports regardless of VLAN tags, while VLAN-based service routes Ethernet frames according to VLAN instructions. Service Capacity is only provided in a synchronous, Service Capacity x Service Capacity (10 Mbps x 10Mbps) configuration.
BCGig’s ETS consists of the following major components:
- Customer Port Connection provides your physical access to BCGig’s ETS Service. Customer orders the port according to the physical connection needed to align with its equipment and/or the maximum speed that you need. Options include a 100 Mbps port (with a 100 BaseT interface), a 1,000 Mbps port (1,000 BaseT, 1 Gbps LX/LH and SX), and a 10,000 Mbps port (10 Gbps Base-SR/SW and 10 Gbps BASE-LR/LW).
- Committed Information Rate (CIR) specifies the bandwidth available on your port connection and serves as the port’s logical channel. CIRs, which cannot exceed port (untagged) or VLAN (tagged) service capacity, are available per customer port connection in increments from 5 Mbps to 200 Gbps.
- Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC) establishes a logical path that enables Ethernet traffic to flow between ports that you designate in point-to-point and multipoint configurations. Path is provisioned at the sole discretion of BCGig unless Customer requests a specific path or furnishes details and desires path diversity from service received from another provider. Logical Redundancy and/or physical diversity upgrade options are available on request.
BCGig’s ETS will be offered with throughput thresholds based on the service configuration provided to the customer. Service availability and performance is subject to technical limitations and available facilities. All service designs will be verified prior to order to help ensure correct provisioning and maintenance.
In order to deploy ETS at a customer location and to successfully transport customer data across the BCGig’s ETS Service Network, the customer will need to adhere to specific guidelines as to the space, power, conduit and/or other physical aspects of providing the service, as well as the data formatting and configuration recommendations to ensure maximum Ethernet compatibility with the ETS service. These responsibilities may be described in detail in a Customer Site Preparation Guide and/or an BCGig Customer Data Format Guide, which BCGig may elect to publish from time-to-time.
These guides, if published, while not specifically part of Terms of Service, describe factors that impact BCGig’s ability to meet these service level objectives. These factors include:
- Traffic Shaping: To ensure maximum throughput efficiency, traffic shaping should be enabled on the customer’s network equipment.
- When traffic policing is applied on the BCGig’s Switched Ethernet network, traffic shaping is required in order to ensure that packets are not dropped when entering the network
- If shaping is not turned on, BCGig’s ETS Service may randomly drop traffic if the customer exceeds the subscribed amount of CIR for that connection. Most routers on the market should support traffic shaping, which makes it easy to implement in its simplest form.
- BCGig’s ETS offers scalable service connection rates (CIR) from 5 Mbps to 200 Gbps, providing great flexibility, as long as the customer can shape their traffic. If customers are not able to shape their traffic, they should subscribe to service that aligns with their physical port (i.e. 10/100/1000 Mbps) to ensure maximum throughput. Failure to comply with this recommendation could result in reduced throughput and performance.
- MAC Address limitations: For Ethernet Virtual Connections (EVCs) that are configured as point-to-point, there are no limits to the number of MAC addresses associated with that connection. For EVCs that are multipoint, there is a maximum of 50 MAC addresses associated with the EVC. Customers may subscribe to an optional feature increasing the limit to 100 MAC addresses per multipoint EVC. Customers may use routers to limit the number of MAC addresses presented to the BCGig Service Network.
- Multicast / Broadcast protocols: For Ethernet Virtual Connections (EVCs) that are configured as point-to-point, there are no limits to the volume of broadcast or multicast packets up to the subscribed CIR. For EVCs that are multipoint, there is a maximum of 5 Mbps of aggregate broadcast or multicast traffic. Packets dropped by traffic controls will be excluded from SLA calculations. BCGig recommends that customers enable controls for multicast broadcast and unknown unicast traffic within the customer network(s).
Committed Information Rate (CIR) shall be as defined in MEF 10.13 as the rate in bits per second of all the bytes designated as Ethernet Frame in Figure 4 and Figure 5 as shown below. The Inter-Frame Gap, Preamble & SFD are not counted toward the Committed Information Rate on the EVC component of BCGig’s ETS Service. Customer subscribed Service Capacity includes all bits, inbound or outbound, delivered by Customer to the physical port interface in an untagged or tagged configuration.
Any loop services that may be required in order to provide ETS shall be contracted from the Customer’s end-user premise to the Customer’s interconnection to BCGig. Any demarcation extensions required to complete the services are the responsibility of the Customer.
All off-net items are dependent upon BCGig’s installation or BCGig causing its off-net provider partner to install a Minimum Point of Entry (MPOE) demarcation point at the Customer’s Premises. Customer is responsible for delivering to Belmont County Gig a Right-of-Entry to the MPOE at the Customer Premises that allows assignment by BCGig to its off-net provider partner. In the event an extended demarcation point is required or right of entry through a path other than the BCGig-identified MPOE is required at the Premises, additional one-time charges will apply, which shall be quoted at the time of request. Construction cannot commence, and therefore lead time shall not begin, until Customer delivers an executed service order that is accepted by BCGig along with a Right-of-Entry.
Enterprise Hub Ports
Customer and BCGig may establish sites(s) with Hub Ports to connect Customer’s Ethernet network to BCGig for the aggregation of ETS delivered services. Hub services are available at limited BCGig network locations or at qualifying Customer Premises(s). Any individual Hub port’s bandwidth must exceed the bandwidth sum of all aggregated Customer Access UNI sites to qualify for SLA performance remedies. Hub connections are offered over an optical Gigabit Ethernet connection terminating to compatible Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) occupying space at an Belmont County Gig PoP or at qualifying Customer Premises(s). The number of Ethernet Virtual Circuits (EVCs) per Hub Port is limited to 64 for a Gigabit Ethernet Hub. Multiple NNI Ports may be connected at a common site with the purchase of an aggregate port-channel Transport CIR. Aggregate Transport CIR bandwidth will not be calculated against the available bandwidth of any individual NNI.
The Initial Term begins on the First Date of Availability.
All rates are considered on-net Metro pricing, defined as 15 airline miles or less from Customer’s End-User premise to the Customer’s interconnection to BCGig’s Network. Any request for service that is greater than 15 airline miles and/or is not on-net with BCGig will be considered an ICB. On-net recurring rates will remain the same for the duration of the Initial Term. Changes or cancellation to ordered NLAN circuits after FOC communication to the Customer by BCGig will result in additional non-recurring charges.
|MRC for NLAN|
|Mbps||1 Year||2 Year||3 Year||5 Year|
$500 NRC for all circuits under 10Mbps, waived on 5-year terms for on-net service.
$1125 NRC for all 10Mbps circuits, waived on 5-year terms for on-net service.
Construction aid charges, if any, will be invoiced upon acceptance of the customer executed service order and are due within 30-days of invoicing unless stated otherwise.
Customer may increase its bandwidth: (i) by signing a new ASR/ORDER FORM authorizing BCGig to increase the bandwidth and monthly recurring charge (“MRC”) for the duration of the Order Term; or (ii) if the requested increase exceeds the allowable bandwidth of its then current access method, then Customer must sign a new ASR/ORDER FORM, upgrade its access method, and renew the Order Term for a term equal to or longer than the current Term. Customer may be invoiced a non-recurring increase charge plus any new charges associated with a different access method, if any, including any new installations.
Customer may designate one or more Premises as a Hub for handling multiple VLANs through a Hub Port with a reasonable Committed Information Rate specified for the Hub Port.
Hub Port CIR
|1 Year MRC||2 Year MRC||3 Year MRC||NRC|
Note: Post initial service acceptance, Customer may request additional VLANs provisioned between Hub Ports, Enhanced Ports and/or Hub-to-Enhanced Ports. Provided that at such time Customer does not request an increase in any site port CIR, then the only fee that will apply is a one-time provisioning fee per event at BCGig then current rate for such services.
Enhanced Port provides all of the functionality of both a Hub and a Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) Port in a consolidated communications’ solution. Customer DIA Port type shall be as specified in the applicable Provider Accepted Service Order. Enhanced Port(s) can be specified on Prem-to-Prem or Prem-to-Prems service requests.
|Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) Committed Information Rate (CIR) Mbps||12-Month Term MRC||36-Month Term MRC||60-Month Term MRC||NRC|
Installation intervals for provisioning ETS shall be 30 calendar days for on-net and ICB for Off-Net Services.
Delay in Start Date
A requested delay in the service start date may be subject to a non-recurring charge, which will be quoted at the time of request.
Installation of BCGig’s Equipment
BCGig is responsible for the installation of the Service Provider Equipment in order to provide the service to Customer. Customer shall provide adequate space and AC power within twenty (20) feet and within the same room of the requested CPE location.
Consulting hours may be invoiced at BCGig’s then current hourly rate for those Customers requesting BCGig’s assistance. A dispatch charge shall be invoiced when an BCGig representative is dispatched to a Customer’s premise as a result of: (a) an outage not caused by the BCGig network; (b) an outage not caused by the failure of BCGig Provided Equipment; or (c) Customer’s disallowance to access any BCGig provided equipment.
Performance credits for On-Net portions shall be provided as follows:
|Length of Interruption:||On-Net MRC Credit Amount:|
|< 2 hours||5% of MRC|
|2 – < 4 hours||5% of MRC|
|4 – < 6 hours||15% of MRC|
|6 – < 8 hours||25% of MRC|
|> 8 hours||50% of MRC|
The length of the interruption shall be measured in hours and fractional portions thereof. Each interruption shall be deemed to terminate upon restoration of the affected Services as evidenced by appropriate network test by BCGig, and BCGig’s notification to Customer.
To receive credit, Customer must make a written request within forty-five (45) days of the end of the month in which the interruption occurred.
BCGig guarantees a minimum of 25ms or less round trip for the Ethernet Native LAN Service for travel within their core network.
The Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) Objective, when due to a fiber cut, shall be the average time required to restore service and resume availability in a one-month (720 hour) period. The time is measured from the moment the outage is reported until the service is available. Although a fiber-cut by a third-party is a force majeure event, the MTTR objective will be to repair the cut within 4-hours from either the moment the outage is reported by the Customer or the moment the outage is determined to be due to a fiber cut.
Customer shall be assigned up to fifty (50) MAC (Media Access Control) addresses per Access circuit. MAC addresses will be limited to one hundred (100) per NNI. Customer may purchase one (1) additional block of fifty (50) MAC addresses. An MRC and an NRC, which will be quoted at the time of request, may apply.
Amendment to Charges
BCGig may amend any of the charges set forth for this service with at least thirty (30) days’ prior written notice to Customer. The new charges shall not apply to any ASR/ORDER FORM submitted before the effective date of any such amendment.
Content Accessed Via Service
Customer acknowledges that the Internet contains unedited materials, including material of an adult, violent, or other nature that may be offensive to Customer or its End Users. Customer acknowledges that it has actual knowledge of and can readily access many software and hardware solutions to regulate activity on its network. Customer acknowledges that Belmont County Gig has made no express or implied representation, warranty or guaranty applicable to any aspect of the Services offered by Belmont County Gig, including but not limited to, the ability to preclude Customer or any patron of Customer from accessing any or all web sites and/or news groups that any person may find to be harmful or offensive for any reason.
Customer understands, and by using the Internet service, Customer agrees that it is responsible for, and assumes all liability associated with, any material that Customer (to include End Users) makes available or transmits through the Internet service, whether through chat rooms, messages boards or other forums, including liability for claims of infringement, libel, and slander. Customer may not post, transmit through, or otherwise make available on or through the Internet service any material that violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, that is, in Belmont County Gig’s sole discretion, unlawful, defamatory, obscene, abusive, profane, vulgar, sexually explicit, racist, threatening, hateful or otherwise objectionable, or that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law.
Customer shall cooperate with Belmont County Gig in ensuring that each End User who connects to the Service provides affirmative consent to be bound by the Terms. If in its reasonable discretion Belmont County Gig believes that the activities of the End Users using the Service violate the Terms (including, without limitation, those terms requiring End Users to comply with applicable laws), then Belmont County Gig reserves the right to do any of the following in addition to any other actions or remedies available to Belmont County Gig:
Prohibit any End User or End Users from accessing the Service;
Provide information related to any End User and its activities to third parties as required or permitted by applicable law;
Require Customer to take reasonable corrective measures considering the scope and duration of the violation of the Terms; and/or
Terminate the Service upon thirty (30) days written notice to Customer;
Customer represents and warrants to Belmont County Gig that it will not encourage or assist any Customer to violate the Terms and that it will comply with the Terms in its own use of the Service.
Acceptable Use/Prohibited Activities