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November 20, 2008  8:41 PM

Ericsson develops packet-optical gear for metro surge



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, control plane, Metro Area Networks, Metro Ethernet, MPLS, Network equipment, Optical Networking, PBT, Routers, Switches

Ericsson is fielding a line of packet optical gear designed to address the expected surge in metro networking. The new products will support a T-MPLS control plane, but Ericsson plans to upgrade to the more modern MPLS-TP and is also considering PBT (PBB-TE).

Metro capacity may be driven...

November 13, 2008  2:30 PM

New Cisco edge router to focus on metro apps in 2009



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Cisco, Ethernet, Metro Ethernet, multi-service edge device, Networking, Routers, Switches

Cisco has announced a new edge router, the 9000, which is widely expected to be the replacement for its aging but important 7600 series. The new box features a card design that gives it a very high per-card capacity, making it capable of supporting the new 100 Mbps Ethernet standard when it is...


May 5, 2008  12:54 PM

Carrier Ethernet work continues for inter-provider connections



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Metro Ethernet, PBT

Vendors and the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) are working to correct an Ethernet omission that may or may not have much relevance to customer interest or service success—the inter-provider NNI. Ethernet standards have not addressed this issue fully because there has been relatively little interest...


February 5, 2008  3:36 PM

Service providers increase PBT testing



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Metro Ethernet, PBT

Telefonica has joined the ranks of operators who acknowledge they are testing PBT. As we have indicated, 10 out of 10 of our service provider survey base is conducting or planning PBT tests, but the majority have still not made their commitment public. We believe that there will be five more...


September 14, 2007  3:49 PM

Packet optical networking destined for bigger growth



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Metro Ethernet, Optical Networking

September 14 2007: Heavy Reading reports that tremendous growth is expected in packet optical networking, and for once we think they may be even a bit conservative in terms of volume. Packet optical networking is a broad range of stuff that represents non-SONET transport, and one...


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