Sunday, September 23, 2007

EANTC Stages Public Carrier Ethernet Interoperability Test

The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) and 24 leading vendors are conducting the largest public Carrier Ethernet multi-vendor interoperability test ever staged. The live test with more than 65 devices is geared towards network operators providing Carrier Ethernet services. It is targeted at verifying the current interoperability status of a wide range of implementations as well as provisioning and fault management solutions.

In preparation for the event, more than 70 engineers from participating companies evaluated the interoperability of their solutions in detail in a closed-door, ten-day long intense hot-staging at EANTC's lab in Berlin, Germany. The test has been prepared since April 2007 and covers the latest IEEE, ITU-T and MEF specifications for Carrier Ethernet services.

The vendors participating in the interoperability testing are: Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, Ceragon Networks, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Extreme Networks, Gridpoint Systems, Hammerhead Systems, Harris Stratex Networks, Huawei Technologies, Ixia, Juniper Networks, MRV Communications, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, RAD Data Communications, Shenick Network Systems, Soapstone Networks, Spirent Communications, Telco Systems, Tellabs, TPACK, World Wide Packets and ZTE.

A 20-page white paper with detailed findings is available for download from EANTC.