Carrier Ethernet is a fundamental element of the Cisco® Evolved Programmable Network (EPN). This proven end-to-end network solution for video, mobile, and cloud can help customers increase revenue opportunities while reducing costs. It helps service providers develop a truly integrated, multidirectional network infrastructure in which all elements, from the core to the edge, access, aggregation, and data center, are intelligently linked and orchestrated to work together.
Over the years, fiber-based access has proven to be a cost-effective way to reach customer premises to deliver managed business and residential services. The Cisco ME 4600 Series Optical Network Terminal (ONT) portfolio offers an exceptionally broad and scalable solution. The Cisco ME 4600 series offers network service providers a flexible and cost-effective approach for optical fiber access solutions over active or passive optical network architectures.
The Cisco ME 4600 Multiservice Optical Access Platform includes reliable ONT devices designed for optical fiber network infrastructures in either point-to-point (P2P) or point-to-multipoint (P2MP) topologies. Ethernet or passive optical network (PON) technologies like Gigabit PON (GPON) are supported by the Cisco ME 4600 Series. Cisco ME 4600 Series products (Figure 1) support any fiber-based (FTTx) access scenarios, including fiber to the home (FTTH), fiber to the building (FTTB), fiber to the curb (FTTC), fiber to the cell (FTTc), and fiber to the business (FTTb).
Figure 1. Cisco ME 4600 Series ONTs
Cisco ME 4600 Series customer premises equipment solutions are the right choice for service providers implementing a GPON or Gigabit Ethernet optical access network termination. The access network architecture (Figure 2) supports multiplay service, allowing High Speed Internet (HSI), voice and video services through Ethernet, Wi-Fi, POTS (FXS), and RF overlay standard interfaces. Mobile backhaul and dedicated time-division multiplexing (TDM) based business services are also supported.
Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT equipment solutions are BBF.247 certified (multivendor optical line terminal [OLT] interoperability) and can be easily configured to differentiate an operator's business model, whether retail, wholesale, or mobile. FTTH, FTTB, FTTb, FTTC, and FTTc are typically the target FTTP deployment scenarios to be considered within our offer.
Figure 2. FTTx Network Architecture
Massive growth in demand for high bitrate connectivity to support the consumption of multimedia data is driving the need for new technologies in both business and consumer markets. Specifically, growth in video traffic at home and at work, along with increases in cloud-based computing delivered across multiple, varied devices, is pushing both fixed and mobile operators across developed and emerging markets to roll-out FTTP services.
The Cisco ME4600 Series ONT supports residential broadband access for delivering multiplay services over optical fiber access networks. Cisco ME 4600 Series ONTs offer multiple deployment and provisioning models, including 1:1 and N:1 VLAN configurations with quality of service (QoS), resulting in a greatly enhanced broadband user experience. The feature-rich Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT supports a variety of broadband video applications, including RF overlay, IPTV, and video on demand (VoD). It also supports IP multicast (Internet Group Management Protocol Versions 2 and 3 [IGMPv2/v3] and Multicast Listener Discovery Version 2 [MLDv2]) and includes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) features that enhance and extend the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (NGN) architecture to the residential environment.
The Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT is built to meet service provider requirements for Carrier Ethernet access and transparent LAN services. The Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT offers service flexibility, delivering Layer 2 transport for advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN and business services. These services include Circuit Emulation Services (CES) to transport TDM traffic over packet networks with appropriate clocking, synchronization, and timing features. VLAN translation and promotion features with QoS support the functions required to interconnect business branches over P2P or P2MP network topologies.
Mobile Backhaul Services
Due to greater demand for bitrate on mobile backhaul networks to support third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) services, PON and Gigabit Ethernet have become the most common options for backhaul. Deployed as an access platform for mobile backhaul, the Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT can aggregate cell sites and serve as a transport solution for Radio Access Network (RAN) backhaul traffic. The Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT provides the timing services required in today's converged access networks by offering integrated support for Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) and IEEE-1588 functions.
Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT Solutions
Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT Bridging Devices
These simple Layer 2 bridging devices are highly suitable for low-cost GPON deployments offering the opportunity to deliver reliable service using a third-party gateway (FTTH scenario) or even delivering a suitable network termination point for mobile backhaul (FTTc scenario).
Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT Gateway Devices
This equipment, with Layer 2 and Layer 3 gateway features, is the choice for full in-house multiplay services, including voice, video, and data, and it is designed for FTTH applications. Deployment of Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n is also possible through this all-in-one ONT solution. The equipment supports both GPON and Gigabit Ethernet as uplink and has built-in routing features that avoid the need for an external third-party gateway.
Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT Primary Benefits
• Evolution of the broadband access paradigm from a few megabits per second up to gigabit-per-second downstream and upstream data rates
• Multiplay service is supported, including HSI, VoIP, and TV (IPTV and RF overlay)
• GPON and Gigabit Ethernet support (on ONT-RGW only)
Direct or crossover AUTO-MDIX UTP CAT5E cable (RJ45)
Voice or fax RJ11 connector
Video RF connector F type
2 x USB 2.0
On and off button
Primary power connection (VDC)
12 (± 15%)
12 (± 15%)
Primary power connection (VAC)
Power supply (W)
8.4 (model B)
7 (model D/E)
210 x 210 x 40 mm
210 x 210 x 40 mm
-5 to 45⁰C
-5 to 45⁰C
5 to 95%
5 to 95%
Table 3. Cisco ME 4600 Series ONT Voice Features
Pulse frequency: 10 Hz (8 Hz to 12 Hz)
Pulse relation: 66,6% (33% to 75%)
Interdigital pause and predialing: 400 ms (min)
According to ETSI CTR 21 
According to ETSI 300 659-1
Clip on call waiting
According to ETSI 300 659-2
-48V (-46 to -54)
Loop current characteristics
20mA (min) to 60mA (max)
Impedance and transmission requirements (Ω)
Q.552  (11/96) of ITU-T 220Ω+820Ω//115nF
A telephone that complies with transmission requirements defined in CTR 38, should comply with SLR, RLR, and STMR (126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52 and 4.2.3) standard requirements, when connected to an FXS interface.
20 - 45 mA
5-bit parameter that sets the current limit for DC feed (DC feed and battery switch are programmed and calibrated to ILA=26mA, VOC=48V, VAS=3V, bshv=5V).
DC offset: 48V
AC voltage: 75Vrms +/- 0.5%
Frequency: 25Hz +/- 3%
1 sec ring, 5 sec pause (interval = 6 sec)
On-hook - register recall/hook Flash
Minimum time of recognition of "On-hook" when hook-flash feature does not exist
On-hook - register recall/hook flash
Minimum time "on-hook" recognition when hook-flash feature does exist
Minimum time "off-hook" recognition
160msec - 400msec
Time calibrated break pulse duration for register recall recognition
European Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment V3
Safety and protection
CE - Conformité Européenne
RoHS 2002/95/EC Directive Compliance
Service and Support
Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to help accelerate customer success. These innovative services are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners to promote high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco services help you protect your network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare your network for new applications to extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information about Cisco services, refer to Cisco Technical Support Services or Cisco Advanced Services.
Cisco is committed to reducing your total cost of ownership. Cisco offers a portfolio of technical support services to help ensure that Cisco products operate efficiently, remain highly available, and benefit from the most up-to-date system software. The services and support programs described in Table 7 are available as part of the Cisco Carrier Ethernet Switching Service and Support solution directly from Cisco and through resellers.
Table 7. Service and Support
Cisco Total Implementation Solutions (TIS), available directly from Cisco
Cisco Packaged TIS, available through resellers
• Project management
• Design Documentation creation
• Site survey and product staging
• Node and network configuration, and deployment
• Installation, test, and cutover
• Major moves, adds, and changes
• Supplement existing staff
• Implementation by trained Cisco resources, Cisco partner resources, or both
• Faster time to market
• Help ensure functions meet needs
• Mitigate risk
Cisco Network Optimization Service (NOS)
Provides lifecycle support for ongoing network planning and growth
• Remote change support
• Design support
• Software strategy
• Network health checks
• Continuous learning
• Provide ongoing support for your network operations from Cisco consulting engineers
• Supplement existing staff
Cisco Service Provider Base Support and Service Provider-Based Onsite Support, available directly from Cisco
Cisco Packaged Service Provider- Based Support, available through resellers
• 24-hour access to software updates
• Web access to technical repositories
• Telephone support through the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC)
• Advance replacement of hardware parts
• Facilitate proactive or expedited problem resolution
• Reduce total cost of ownership by taking advantage of Cisco expertise and knowledge