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Actus Networks Debuts Ethernet Ring Protection Solution Compliant to G.8032

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October 13, 2009

Actus Networks Debuts Ethernet Ring Protection Solution Compliant to G.8032

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Actus Networks, a global supplier of carrier Ethernet access platforms and mobile backhaul solutions, has announced the release of an access ring Ethernet protection solution compliant to G.8032 Recommendation version 1 and version 2, where the latter is scheduled for consent in October, 2009.

According to a press release, the company is now unveiling G.8032 Version 1 and Pre-version 2 solutions provided with its G200 and G300 carrier Ethernet access platform products or a developer’s reference design kit with source licensing.

By integrating Ethernet Ring Protection and achieving carrier grade reliability and serviceability, the G200 and G300 provide ideal solutions for multi-service access platforms, according to company officials.

The G.8032 solution offers a number of benefits over the IEEE802.17 Resilient Packet Ring Standard. Some of them include multiple Ethernet services, client-server agnostics, a flexible topology with a single ring and interconnected multi-rings, and 50 ms protection switching using generic standards of IEEE802.1 and IEEE802.3.

The solution finds broad applications for access, metro and core networks. It supports all Ethernet speeds (1/10/40/100GbE MAC). With all these features, the G.8032 solution promises significant OPEX (News - Alert) and CAPEX savings, officials added.

Actus Networks has been actively contributing to the development and standardization of G.8032/Y.1334 at ITU-T. For this, the company has associated with ETRI, an R&D subsidiary of the Korean government, and KAIST, a globally renowned research university of Korea. Actus Networks also developed the implementation of G.8032 based on the core engine developed by ETRI (News - Alert).

“Switching to service convergence by carrier Ethernet from the legacy SONET/SDH is an avoidable mega-trend in the telecommunications market,” said Ghani Abbas, the ITU-T Q9/15 rapporteur for G.8032, in the release. “The G.8032 Recommendation provides the key solution for 50 ms protection switching for packet transport in a ring network.”

The successful implementation of G.8032 in its G200 and G300 products opens a new market window of PBB-TE, OAM (802.3ah, 802.1ag, Y.1731), MEF (News - Alert) E-LINE and E-LAN, and PWE3 services on mobile backhaul and access rings. Major operators have already welcomed this technology, say officials.

According to Peter K. Cho, CEO of Actus Networks, the Carrier Ethernet technologies have significantly advanced in the past years. “By adding Ethernet Ring Protection, Ethernet become the solid solution to fit the requirements of convergence from SONET/SDH/PDH to true packet transport networks,” he said.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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