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Alcatel-Lucent demonstrates MPLS and T-MPLS interoperability at Carrier Ethernet World Congress 2007


Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is participating in a public showcase demonstrating MPLS and transport MPLS (T-MPLS) technologies in one of the largest and most diverse public Carrier Ethernet multi-vendor interoperability test ever staged. Alcatel-Lucent is demonstrating end-to-end transport of carrier Ethernet services over T-MPLS and MPLS networks offering the scalability, survivability and operation richness to deliver innovative, resilient packet-based services.

Involving 24 operators and 65 devices, the purpose of the live test is to verify the current interoperability status of multiple implementations, as well as provisioning and fault management solutions.

Interconnected to the Ethernet access and the MPLS core networks, the Alcatel-Lucent 1850 TSS switching up to 320 Gbit/s provides scalable, end-to-end reliable transport of Ethernet services using multiple T-MPLS channels (pseudowires) multiplexed over T-MPLS paths (tunnels). Interworking between the T-MPLS and the MPLS core networks is achieved through statically provisioned pseudowires, thanks to the commonality of MPLS and T-MPLS data planes. Alcatel-Lucent is also showcasing ITU-standardized T-MPLS transport-oriented operations; administration and maintenance (OAM) based on ultra-fast connection verification mechanisms for high survivability to support packet trail revertive protection and traffic prioritization for superior Quality of Experience (QoE). Along with the Alcatel-Lucent 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS) platforms that operated in the MPLS core and MPLS access networks, Alcatel-Lucent shows that full end-to-end Ethernet services can be provided regardless of the last mile and backhaul technologies.

“With this interoperability test, we continue to support the movement toward convergence of standards-based MPLS to allow end-to-end services over a common network infrastructure,” said Michel Rahier, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s carrier activities.

The demonstration, which showcases the results of an August hot-staging event, is taking place during the Carrier Ethernet World Congress in Geneva, Sept. 24 - 28, and is organized by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC). Participating Alcatel-Lucent products include the Alcatel-Lucent 7450 ESSand Alcatel-Lucent 1850 Transport Service Switch that is MEF*-9 and MEF*-14 certified for both the 40 Gbit/s and 320 Gbit/s chassis.

Alcatel-Lucent products involved in the demonstration are also being featured in the Alcatel-Lucent booth # 17 on the Carrier Ethernet World Congress show floor.
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