NTT Com, Infinera, Ixia demonstrate ‘practical’ 100G Ethernet

JUNE 9, 2010 -- NTT Communications, Infinera Japan, and Ixia Communications K.K. have provided a 100-Gbps Ethernet transmission network for the Interop Tokyo 2010 trade show at the Makuhari Messe exhibition complex near Tokyo from June 9 to 11. This is the first such 100G Ethernet implementation “for practical operation,” the companies assert.

JUNE 9, 2010 -- NTT Communications, Infinera Japan, and Ixia Communications K.K. have provided a 100-Gbps Ethernet transmission network for the Interop Tokyo 2010 trade show at the Makuhari Messe exhibition complex near Tokyo from June 9 to 11. This is the first such 100G Ethernet implementation “for practical operation,” the companies assert.

The 100-Gbps Ethernet network was proven in recent interconnection field tests and now will serve as the backbone network, named ShowNet, for Internet access by exhibitors and visitors during Interop Tokyo 2010.

The network comprises telecommunication and network infrastructure constructed and managed by NTT Com, an Infinera DTN DWDM system from Infinera, and a network tester for network systems and devices from Ixia.

ShowNet incorporates the 100GBase-LR4 Ethernet specification, which is scheduled to be standardized by mid-June. Interconnection of numerous devices using the 100GBase-LR4 specification during the show will demonstrate the capabilities of this network technology, the companies say.

Based on ShowNet's performance and user reactions during Interop Tokyo 2010, the three companies will consider accelerating their 100-Gbps Ethernet plans. This could “possibly” include NTT Com's introduction of a 100-Gbps Ethernet communication platform for its GIGA STREAM leased lines; Infinera's introduction of 100-Gbps systems (see “Infinera lays out 40G/100G coherent roadmap”); and Ixia's launch of the K2 for testing 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps devices based on the new IEEE 802.3ba standard.

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