EANTC independently verifies latest Carrier Ethernet innovations by 24 vendors at Carrier Ethernet World Congress 2009

Date: Wed, 09/23/2009 - 19:59

World’s foremost Carrier Ethernet multi-vendor interoperability test event focuses on latest innovations in Mobile Backhaul, Global Interconnect and Managed Ethernet Services
EANTC independently verifies latest Carrier Ethernet innovations by 24 vendors at Carrier Ethernet World Congress 2009

EANTC AG (European Advanced Networking Test Center) announced that the company is joined by 24 vendors to showcase the results of the latest interoperability test at the Carrier Ethernet World Congress 2009. From September 22nd to 24th, the showcase network with more than 110 devices will be presented live. It provides a proof-of-concept study for network operators investigating the latest generation of Carrier Ethernet solutions.
During the two-week hot staging in the beginning of September, 60 engineers from the participating vendors and EANTC tested the network. The results were reassuring, showing that vendors have significantly invested in product and interoperability in recent years. Now in its fifth year, the Carrier Ethernet World Congress (CEWC) is firmly established as the world’s foremost public event to validate the interoperability of product innovations in the field of Carrier Ethernet, actually producing unbiased, verified hands-on results. This year, the showcase focused on three top issues: Mobile Backhaul, Managed Ethernet Services, and Global Interconnect.
The tests showed that Ethernet technology has successfully begun to extend to such areas as ENNI and LTE backhaul as well as the wireless media, while integrating deployments such as advanced end-to-end, multi-vendor fault management. At the same time, the technology has further matured, for example with regards to IEEE1588:2008 packet-based clock synchronization and Synchronous Ethernet interoperability. Service provider transport technologies for Carrier Ethernet services, including MPLS, PBB-TE and pre-standard MPLS-TP, were also successfully tested. 
Ethernet OAM tests were included to cover an extensive set of tests for management solutions for both Link and Service OAM, primarily resulting in configurational issues to be settled. “Global Interconnect”, the latest MEF project, is a topic that is just around the corner but already high on the industry’s agenda. The future belongs to scalable and resilient interconnects, successfully tested this time with MPLS and Ethernet.
Carsten Rossenhövel, Managing Director of EANTC AG, sums up the importance of the tests: “As Carrier Ethernet technology matures, new challenges arise resulting from the need to integrate new markets and fields. We are very pleased to see that the vendors have fully used the opportunity that the showcase offers to address these issues and essentially move the technology ahead.”

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