Monday, April 25, 2011

CableLabs Tests DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON

Earlier this month, CableLabs hosted the second DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) interoperability testing event, focusing on on the DPoE v1.0 specifications. In addition to providing provisioning requirements for Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) equipment, version 1.0 of the DPoE specifications defines requirements and functionality to support Metro Ethernet services such as Ethernet Private Line (EPL).

The second DPoE interop event attracted five new suppliers while overall participation increased thirty percent. Suppliers participating in the event included Adva, Arris, Atheros, Broadcom, Ciena, CommScope, CTDI, Finisar, Huawei, MRV, Sumitomo, Telco Systems, and ZTE.

"Significant progress has been made since the first interop event. This interop featured several combinations of equipment from multiple suppliers to create a DPoE Network that supports Metro Ethernet services. For these network services, all devices were provisioned using the same back-office systems normally used to provision DOCSIS equipment," said Curtis Knittle, Director of Digital Video Services at CableLabs. The next interoperability event for DPoE products is scheduled to begin on August 22, 2011.