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April 19, 2010
Spirent Validates Carrier Ethernet Interconnectivity Across Eight European Service Providers

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Spirent Communications, a provider of test and measurement solutions, announced it has validated advanced Carrier Ethernet service interoperability across eight European service providers including Belgacom ICS, Equinix (News - Alert), Expereo International, Level3 Communications, P&TLuxembourg, Teragate, Tinet, and Ucomline.

The company has exclusively powered the testing of the Carrier Ethernet Global Interconnect demonstration conducted by EANTC and co-organized by ancotel (News - Alert) to validate the service interoperability across these providers.

Carrier Ethernet Interconnect is critical for service providers that are looking to expand their global foot print by simplifying provisioning and troubleshooting while maintaining SLAs, according to Stan Hubbard, senior analyst, Heavy Reading.

“Testing and validation by companies such as Spirent has shown that service providers can be confident in their large scale deployment of the MEF (News - Alert) specification,” Hubbard said.

Spirent enables service providers to quickly validate the performance of Carrier Ethernet services delivery by testing with test suites for Metro Ethernet Forum (News - Alert) or “MEF” specification, the company said. Spirent delivers pre-built test suites for testing Carrier Ethernet conformance and performance testing.

By implementing interconnect standards such as those specified by the MEF, operators are able to manage and deliver advanced and scalable Carrier Ethernet services, according to company officials.

EANTC used Spirent TestCenter  to showcase Carrier Ethernet service interoperability across eight service providers and demonstrate that the MEF’s External Network-to-Network Interface or “ENNI” specification and multi-provider Class of Service or “CoS” implementation options are ready for prime time deployment.

According to Carsten Rossenhövel, managing director of EANTC, the Global Interconnect Demonstration is central to advancing the successful implementation of Carrier Ethernet interconnects in service provider networks.

By working with Spirent, EANTC was able to evaluate key ENNI functionality aspects as well as SLA support through Class of Service mapping, company officials said.

In addition to supporting MEF standards on Spirent TestCenter, Spirent offers Spirent TestCenter Live, the only integrated test and diagnostic, and performance monitoring solution that is fully compliant with standards such as ITU Y.1731 and IEEE (News - Alert) 802.1ag, company officials said.

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

Edited by Erin Harrison

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