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Major equipment vendors step forward for OIF’s global interoperability demo

Eight major equipment vendors have answered the call of the Optical Internetworking Forum to showcase interoperabil...


August 22, 2007  


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Eight major equipment vendors have answered the call of the Optical Internetworking Forum to showcase interoperability in a multi-carrier environment during the OIF’s Worldwide Interoperability Demonstration — On-Demand Ethernet Services.

Participating vendors include Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies, Marben Products, Sycamore Networks, Tellabs and ZTE. Participating OIF Carrier members include AT&T, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom Group, KDDI, Telecom Italia and Verizon.

Interoperability testing of heterogeneous network equipment includes MSPPs, routers, Ethernet switches, cross-connects, OADMs in the data plane, as well as both embedded and proxy controllers in the control plane.

The multi-vendor aspect of the interoperability testing gives carriers confidence that different vendor and technology domains can work together,” said Jim Jones of Alcatel-Lucent and the OIF’s Technical Committee chair.

This type of interoperability testing is essential for transitioning new technology from labs to carrier networks.”