Sunday, September 16, 2007

Optical Internetworking Forum Completes Interoperability Demonstration

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) hosted its third Worldwide Interoperability Demonstration as part of a public showcase at ECOC 2007 in Berlin.

AT&T, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, KDDI, Telecom Italia and Verizon hosted the event at lab facilities in six countries, on three continents. The Demo was also a complete success from an equipment supplier view. Eight optical equipment suppliers highlighted solutions for support of Ethernet services over multi-domain SONET/SDH transport networks by employing OIF Implementation Agreements (IAs) in a multi-carrier, multi-vendor environment. Participating system suppliers included Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Marben Products, Sycamore Networks, Tellabs and ZTE.

William Uliasz, Director, Access and Transport Network Architecture, Verizon, said, "Progress in vendor interoperability for dynamic service provisioning using the OTN Control Plane has been fantastic. We see tremendous value in being able to provide dynamic transport capabilities on a global scale. The ability to establish bandwidth connections from 50 Mb/s to 1 Gb/s, or even 10Gb/s, over a dynamic control plane optical core network will transform how bandwidth services are viewed by our Enterprise customers. Key enablers bringing the network transformation to reality are: the economical availability of GigE access ports; and bandwidth availability and grooming expansions from OXCs, ROADMs and packet enabled transport platforms."

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