Geographical Ethernet Access Geographical Ethernet Access

  • How is the Geographical Ethernet Access service organised?
  • The GEA service is offered in 59 Italian Provinces, termed “GEA Provinces”, where there is a municipality, usually the provincial capital, which has a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN). There are two types of access to the service within GEA Provinces:

    • LOCAL: when both the Operator's facilities and those of its end customer are located within the municipality where the MAN is available
    • REMOTE: when the Operator's facilities or those of its end customer are located outside the municipality where the MAN is available, but within the Province.
  • Are there plans to extend the coverage?
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    Extension of coverage by the service depends on the future development of the network infrastructures.

  • Is it possible to extend the service to areas not covered by a MAN?
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    The service covers the 59 Provincial Administration areas where there is a MAN, known as GEA Provinces. It is not possible to offer the service outside the GEA Provinces.

  • What is the level of access protection for the GEA service?
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    Three options are offered to set up NTP access to the GEA nodes and these differ according to the level of access protection they offer, these options are:

    • Basic: the boundary device in the NTP is connected to the GEA node by accessing the TIM network by means of a single fibre optic loop.
    • Plus: the boundary device located at the NTP is connected to two ports of the same GEA Node accessing the TIM network via two fibre optic loops terminated on two ports on the network side of the same device. In the event of failure of one of the two network side ports, the traffic is automatically re-routed to the second port;
    • Ultra: in which two boundary devices are installed at the NTP, both connected to the same GEA Node and each accessing the TIM network via a fibre optic loop terminated on a port on the network side of the same device. In the Ultra option, the NTP Access Component is terminated on the customer side on two ports, one for each boundary device, therefore configuring two accesses with the same band capacity to the same VLAN.

    Where the Plus and Ultra options are concerned, Operators may request the option of diversifying the access and GEA node paths.

  • Can more than one NTP be installed in the same customer premises?
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    More than one PTR access service component can be installed at the same customer site, each of them terminated on a dedicated port on the customer side of the boundary device. Each NTP access service component refers to a different VLAN and has its own band capacity, chosen by the customer when ordering the service.

  • Can GEA Line connections be set up at national level?
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    Yes, a GEA LINE connection can only be set up at national level, since it is a point-to-point type geographic connection between two NTPs (one of which is normally a physical PoI) located in different GEA provinces.

  • Is it always necessary to install a catalyst when setting up the GEA service?
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    Boundary devices are installed in one of the Operator's facilities or in those of its end customer when the first component of the GEA LAN service or the first GEA LINE connection are supplied at those facilities. Further components of the GEA LAN service or further GEA LAN connections at the same facilities, ordered after the first, will be configured on the same boundary device, using dedicated ports on the customer side.

  • Once configured, can C-LAN be changed?
  • C-LAN are the responsibility of the customer and are not managed by TIM

  • Are discounts envisaged for GEA service contracts lasting several years?
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    Yes, discounts are offered when the rental contract lasts for more than one year, as follows:
    2 years: 5% discount on the rental for GEA LAN service components and GEA LINE connections;
    3 years: 10% discount on the rental for GEA LAN service components and GEA LINE connections.

  • Can a connection obtained with the MEA offer be migrated to the GEA offer?
  • Migration from MEA services to GEA services must be evaluated case by case by means of a feasibility study.

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