|[March 18, 2013]
EANTC Independently Tested Multi-Vendor Integration of Software-Defined Networks with Carrier Ethernet, IPv6, and MPLS for the First Time Worldwide
PARIS --(Business Wire)--
EANTC AG (European Advanced Networking Test Center) announced the
results of the latest EANTC interoperability event today, which will be
publicly showcased live at the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress in Paris
this week. The test of 36 device types from 19 vendors serves as a
proof-of-concept study for network operators, validating the state of
the art in packet network innovation.
AimValley, Alcatel-Lucent, Broadcom, BTI Systems (News - Alert), Calnex Solutions,
Cisco, ECI Telecom, Ericsson, Extreme Networks, Hitachi, Huawei, Ixia,
Juniper Networks, NEC, OE Solutions, Spirent Communications, and
Symmetricom (News - Alert) participated in the showcase and the preceding hot-staging.
More than forty-five engineers worked with EANTC's team for three full
weeks at EANTC lab in Berlin, Germany.
EANTC confirmed interoperability of Carrier Ethernet 2.0
implementations of performance monitoring per class of service, an
important solution enabling service providers to commit to strict
application-specific service levels. In addition, service activation
testing according to ITU Y.1564 was a focus area promising reduced field
support cost while guaranteeing proper Ethernet service operations from
The inclusion of advanced CPE devices in the IPv6 protocol and
migration test scenarios took IPv6 one step further towards
user-optimized solutions for Service Provider. New solutions to overcome
routing table scalability issues were tested successfully.
For thefirst time, EANTC evaluated Ethernet VPNs (EVPNs), a
technology in its early stages. This technology is a potential successor
of VPLS, promising to advance Ethernet multi-point services in the
There is a continued definite market need for packet-clock frequency
and phase synchronization of mobile backhaul networks. With further
LTE (News - Alert) deployment and small cells coming into the picture, packet-clock
frequency and phase synchronization of mobile backhaul networks becomes
more crucial. Participating vendors pushed the limits in testing of
boundary clocks, transparent clocks, SyncE islands and Transparent SDH
over packet (TSoP).
MPLS continues to evolve. Next Generation MPLS Multicast VPNs (NG
MVPN) were focused, fully integrated with multicast traffic for the
first time. MPLS-TP resiliency scenarios continued to receive vendor
interest as well.
OpenFlow was the selected management protocol for Software
Defined Networks (SDN) at the interoperability test. Five vendors
participated in the first European public test, focusing service
provider use cases for SDN such as policy routing, layer 2/3 forwarding
and topology discovery. Advanced OpenFlow 1.2 scenarios were
demonstrated as well.
"We proudly organized the first public SDN interoperability test event
in Europe, simultaneously being the first showcase worldwide integrating
SDN with established MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, Mobile Backhaul, and IPv6
technologies," said Carsten Rossenhoevel, Managing Director, EANTC. "At
the event, we validated tangible use cases that service providers can
utilize as wide area network design blue prints," Carsten explained
The extensive 28-page white paper provides detailed information about
all results, test set-ups and analyses. It is available free of charge at
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 (News - Alert) technologies and
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