EANTC's Multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet interoperability test event (7th edition) and showcase results were presented at the Carrier Ethernet World Congress in Amsterdam on October 10-13, 2011. The results will also be available at Carrier Ethernet World APAC in Singapore (Nov 30 - Dec 2). Two-weeks of hot staging took place at our lab in Berlin September 12-23, 2011.
The market is steadily developing. Some new developments are breaking ground, also deployments in common areas are very promising. Based on that, we focused on the following areas of Carrier Ethernet innovations this year:
- IEEE 1588 and SyncE for Clock Synchronization,
- Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) feature interoperability,
- Service OAM focusing on Performance Monitoring,
- Microwave as Fiber replacement for common transport technologies,
- Ethernet Service Activation according to Y.1564.
The growing demand for high bandwidth applications and always-on mobile connectivity is driving deployment of Carrier Ethernet technologies in backhaul networks. However, Carrier Ethernet presents critical challenges such as distributing timing and maintaining synchronization in the backhaul, validating interoperability of Ethernet OAM procedures among vendors, and testing the performance of 100G Ethernet modules in the presence of high scale traffic.
"After months of preparation and two weeks of hot staging, we concluded a successful event validating Carrier Ethernet innovations," said Carsten Rossenhovel, managing director, EANTC AG. "Spirent remains a trusted partner in public testing events and Spirent's solutions in the interoperability event were important to help showcase the advances in implementations and features of Carrier Ethernet."
To learn more about the test and its results, download the EANTC test report at http://www.eantc.de/cewc2011 .
The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) offers vendor-neutral consultancy and test facilities for network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprise customers. Primary business areas include interoperability, conformance, and performance testing for Carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS, and Triple Play technologies and applications. For more information visit http://www.eantc.com or contact Carsten Rossenhoevel, Managing Director, at +49.30.3180595-0 or via e-mail at