Native Networks and LuxN to demonstrate optical networking platform interoperability at Opticon 2001

Aug. 14, 2001-OPTICON-Native Networks, a developer of optical solutions for the access network, and LuxN, a developer of DWDM solutions for the metro network, will demonstrate interoperability between their products at the Opticon 2001 conference.

Native Networks, a developer of optical solutions for the access network, and LuxN, a developer of DWDM solutions for the metro network, will demonstrate interoperability between their products at the OPTICON 2001 conference and exhibition, 13-16 August, 2001 at the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA; booth #215.

The demonstration follows successful interoperability tests carried out between Native Networks' EtherMux-M optical transport platform and the LuxN WavFarer DWDM system. The testing demonstrated end-to-end, error-free transmission of high-bandwidth packet traffic over multiple wavelengths on the WavFarer WDM system as well as recovery and other features implemented by both companies' equipment.

The tests were carried out between the EtherMux-M OC-48c/STM-16 SONET/SDH interface from Native Networks and LuxN's WavFarer Optical Channel Module (OCM). Testing was held and completed at the LuxN testing laboratory in Sunnyvale, California.

The successful completion of testing highlights the benefits of direct connection between Native Networks and LuxN equipment for next-generation optical solutions. Native Networks strength in access network solutions combined with LuxN's success in metro deployments will enable service providers to benefit from more comprehensive end-to-end metro access networking solutions. The combined architecture of Native Networks and LuxN equipment appeals to service providers because it enables physical interoperability through compliance with the SONET/SDH standard, functional interoperability through the support of delay-sensitive applications and better grooming for the access network. Such optical solutions enable large amounts of multi-service network traffic to be easily routed, very efficiently aggregated and comprehensively managed in the optical domain, greatly reducing deployment costs and simplifying network operations.

"Successful interoperability with multiple vendors is a critical component for market confidence and sales growth," said Stephen Harbour, CEO Native Networks.

NativeMux Product Family

Native Networks NativeMux family of products is transport equipment, which enables delivery of all layer 2 data protocols as well as legacy TDM circuits in their native form over the same optical infrastructure. The NativeMux products feature Ethernet over SONET/SDH with 10/100Mbps and GBE interfaces and TDM interfaces ranging from T1/E1 to OC3/STM1 and OC12/STM4. Coupled with the NativeView service-aware Network Management System, the NativeMux products, implementing unique traffic management algorithms, allow carriers to offer a large variety of connectivity services with verifiable, per-customer SLA and QoS.

About LuxN:

LuxN, Inc. is a provider of carrier-class protocol independent optical transport solutions for metropolitan service providers. For more information, visit www.luxn.com.

About Native Networks:

Native Networks is a developer of high-speed transport solutions for optical access networks that deliver all protocols, packets and circuits in their native form. For more information, visit www.nativenetworks.com.

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