March 31, 2005 Fremont, CA -- The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) announced today that seven of its carrier members, including AT&T, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, NTT Laboratories, Telecom Italia, Verizon, will host the second OIF Worldwide Interoperability Demonstration. The carrier hosts will provide test facilities, engineering staff and real-world network connectivity continuously from mid-April through mid-June. A public demonstration of the testing will take place at SUPERCOMM 2005, June 7-9, in Chicago.
According to a press release, the demonstration will highlight platforms for support of Ethernet services over multi-domain SONET/SDH transport networks by employing OIF Implementation Agreements (IAs) in a multi-carrier, multi-vendor environment.
"Our carrier members are making a huge commitment of time and resources to the OIF Worldwide Interoperability Demonstration," remarks Joe Berthold of Ciena Corporation, and OIF president. "This event will provide a premier venue for system suppliers who want to showcase their technology for the world's largest carriers."
"This event takes interoperability to a whole new level," adds Hans-Martin Foisel of Deutsche Telekom, and OIF Carrier working group chair. "Operating on such a global scale provides realistic challenges for carriers and vendors alike. Real world scenarios will test the ability of technologies, platforms and networks to carry different data formats such as video, streaming video, and VoIP traffic."
The OIF Worldwide Interoperability Demonstration 2004 addressed signaling of SONET/SDH connections from network edge-to-network edge. The 2005 event will go farther by demonstrating complete client-to-client Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH signaling. This enables Ethernet clients to signal for dynamic connections, which the SONET/SDH network provides, without requiring the client to be aware of the underlying server layer network.
Furthermore, the global interoperability event will include testing of data plane interoperability of Next Generation transport network functions such as GFP/VCAT/LCAS. According to the release, this will demonstrate to the industry that this suite of ITU-T standards will support multiple vendor network environments. This in turn will enable earlier deployment of multi-carrier support of services as well as offer cost-effective networking architectures.