JDSU expands Carrier Ethernet field test portfolio

DECEMBER 17, 2009 -- The company's field test products verify Ethernet connectivity and fault management from access to core networks.

DECEMBER 17, 2009 -- JDSU has released a comprehensive set of Ethernet operations, administration, and maintenance (OAM) capabilities that enable technicians to verify Ethernet OAM features in a Carrier Ethernet network. Available for the JDSU T-BERD/MTS 6000A Multi Services Application Module (MSAM), T-BERD/MTS-8000 Transport Module, and HST-3000 Ethernet Service Interface Module (SIM), the new capabilities help carriers meet end-to-end service-level agreements (SLAs) and deliver differentiated Ethernet services.

The continuation of high-bandwidth triple play, Internet Protocol (IP) business, and 3G wireless service deployments drives the demand for cost-efficient technologies like Ethernet. However, for Ethernet to become carrier-grade, OAM must be deployed. Ethernet OAM offers the standards and solutions required to ensure SLAs and ease end-to-end deployment. Standards including IEEE 802.3ah, IEEE 802.1ag, and ITU-T Y.1731 help define Ethernet OAM functions that enable uniform installation and maintenance of Ethernet services in a carrier-grade network.

"Ethernet OAM has become a requirement for Ethernet network deployment because it offers the end-to-end service assurance demanded by service providers," says Jim Nerschook, vice president and general manager in JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "Adding more Ethernet OAM test capabilities to an already strong set of JDSU products helps service providers bring reliable services to market quickly and easily, furthering our commitment to building customer confidence in the reliable deployment of Carrier Ethernet networks."

The new features include the addition of link layer OAM (IEEE 802.3ah, Ethernet first mile) and the service layer OAM (IEEE 802.1ag and ITU-T Y.1731) test features. Designed for all technicians who install and troubleshoot Carrier Ethernet circuits, the Ethernet OAM features perform end-to-end testing including verification of connectivity check messages, Ethernet loopback, and insertion/receipt of Ethernet AIS/RDI alarming.

JDSU offers a single-source Carrier Ethernet test portfolio that facilitates analysis of all seven layers of next-generation IP networks.

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