JDSU introduces Metro Ethernet QoS test set

June 1, 2006 Milpitas, CA -- JDSU today announced what it claims is the industry's most complete test product to ensure Metro Ethernet quality-of-service (QoS) across core and access networks. By integrating a set of interoperable field test instruments, network probes, and management software, JDSU says it provides the market's only single-source option for cost-effectively and reliably installing and maintaining Metro Ethernet networks.

June 1, 2006 Milpitas, CA -- JDSU today announced what it claims is the industry's most complete test product to ensure Metro Ethernet quality-of-service (QoS) across core and access networks. By integrating a set of interoperable field test instruments, network probes, and management software, JDSU says it provides the market's only single-source option for cost-effectively and reliably installing and maintaining Metro Ethernet networks. It will be on display June 4-8 at GlobalComm 2006 in Chicago.

JDSU's test set addresses the three primary concerns associated with installing and maintaining Metro Ethernet networks: the ability to rapidly install new connections; the need to dispatch technicians to fix rather than find problems; and the need for a reliable method to maintain networks while simultaneously reducing truck rolls. In addition, the test set offers unmatched ease-of-use and straightforward repeatability and consistency of testing, claim company representatives.

Multiple JDSU products, designed specifically for interoperability to expand the testing capabilities of the service provider, comprise JDSU's Metro Ethernet test offering, including portable testers like the MTS/T-BERD 8000 and FST-2802 Ethernet tester, as well as the NetComplete Metro Ethernet Service Assurance Solution, which includes the rack-mountable QT-600 Ethernet IP testhead and centralized NetAnalyst Test OSS.

"In addition to deployment complexities, managing Metro Ethernet networks becomes a complicated task because next-generation IP services such as IPTV and VoIP expose QoS guarantees to greater scrutiny," explains Helmut Berg, senior vice president of JDSU's Test and Measurement group. "Our Metro Ethernet solution enables communications service providers to install the service correctly the first time, reduce mean time to repair and reduce dispatches. The right test equipment can be the difference between meeting and missing these key deployment metrics."

NetComplete for Metro Ethernet provides continuous QoS and service availability testing, monitoring and analysis; on-demand and scheduled testing; service turn-up verification; rapid fault isolation and troubleshooting; data filtering using extensive triggers and filter criteria; and multi-interface support (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec via the QT-600).

The MTS/T-BERD 8000 and FST-2802 are portable Ethernet test sets that offer a range of capabilities, ranging from Layer 1 BERT up to Layer 3 installation and maintenance, including loopback capabilities that complement NetComplete for Metro Ethernet. Tests performed during the installation and commissioning include connectivity, throughput, frame loss, and round-trip delay (latency). Verifying Ethernet services in this way ensures service level agreement [SLA] requirements and, of equal importance, creates a baseline of performance against which the network can be subsequently measured, says JDSU.

The Metro Ethernet QoS test suite will be on display next week at GlobalComm in JDSU's booth #67040.

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