Sunday, February 3, 2008

EANTC Organizes Public Mobile Backhaul Interoperability Showcase

The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), in collaboration with both the IP/MPLS Forum and the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), will present a public multi-vendor Mobile Backhaul Interoperability showcase at three upcoming industry events: the MPLS and Ethernet World Congress in Paris, 5-8 February, 2008, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 11-14 February, 2008, and the CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas, 1-3 April, 2008.

Fifteen vendors have prepared mobile applications and end-to-end business customer services for the showcase across a multi-vendor network comprising more than 85 devices. Participants include Alcatel-Lucent, Ceragon Networks, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Harris Stratex Networks, Huawei Technologies, Ixia, Lightstorm Networks, MRV Communications, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, RAD Data Communications, Spirent Communications and Telco Systems, a BATM company.

The purpose of the showcase is to demonstrate viable solutions from work ongoing in the IP/MPLS Forum and the Metro Ethernet Forum that allow operators to migrate from ATM and TDM backhaul solutions for mobile networks to ones using Ethernet and IP/MPLS. The IP/MPLS Forum and Metro Ethernet Forum are working together with their mobile backhaul initiatives. Specifically, the demonstrations will showcase how traffic from a Radio Access Network (RAN) can be carried over Metro Ethernet and an IP/MPLS Core to give operators backhaul architectures that are flexible, scalable and economical.