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LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS VALIDATES REAL-WORLD INTEROPERABILITY
AT UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE INTEROPERABILITY LABORATORY “PLUGFEST”
Multi-vendor, Multi-layer Interoperability Tests
Demonstrate Significant Progress in IP-Based Optical Networking
Reston, VA, Oct. 12, 2004 – Lambda OpticalSystems,
an advanced optical network solutions provider, announced today
that its LAMBDA NODE 2000 Intelligent Optical Switch successfully
completed interoperability testing hosted by the University of New
Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). The tests confirmed
LAMBDA NODE 2000 interoperability with multi-vendor implementations
of the Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) standard,
an enabler of a broad suite of new communications applications.
UNH-IOL is the networking industry’s premiere
independent proving ground for developing technologies, providing
leading-edge facilities and support in objective group tests and
technology forums devoted to nearly every facet of networking. UNH-IOL
designed “Plugfest” – a multi-vendor, multi-protocol
test bed – to improve the interoperability of products supporting
optical signaling, routing, and management (OSRM). The test items
were selected to reflect the most up-to-date requirements of today’s
carrier-class network and service scenarios. The results suggest
that IP-based optical networking technology is maturing to be suitable
for commercial use.
“UNH-IOL does not just test GMPLS protocol
conformance. We have developed a rigorous set of tests to emulate
the service providers’ real-world networks,” said Henry
He, UNH-IOL MPLS services consortium engineer.
“Much of what we have seen in our lab demonstrates
that service providers should soon be able to expand their product
portfolios with new GMPLS-enabled applications like super-wide bandwidth
virtual private networks (VPNs) and bandwidth-on-demand.”
GMPLS provides enhancements to the Multi-Protocol
Label Switching (MPLS) standard, supporting optical network switching
for time, wavelength, space switching, and packet switching. GMPLS
adoption will improve packet switching and photonic networking device
performance, providing telecommunications carriers with a scalable
and cost-effective means to use optical bandwidth to facilitate
the deployment of new services.
“We were delighted to have the opportunity
to participate in UNH-IOL’s Plugfest,” said Irfan Ali,
president and chief executive officer of Lambda OpticalSystems.
“It provided a great vehicle for us to demonstrate our readiness
for the market with a carrier-grade quality product.”
The testing included Japanese service provider
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), as well as optical
equipment and IP routing companies Lambda OpticalSystems, Agilent
Technologies, Juniper Networks, Navtel Communications, Sycamore
Networks, and Tellabs Inc. Lambda OpticalSystems worked with NTT
on Layer-1 VPN.
About the University of New Hampshire InterOperability
Established in 1988, the University of New Hampshire
InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is a non-profit organization
that offers comprehensive interoperability and conformance-based
testing through 19 technology-based groups, called consortiums.
Test solutions created at the UNH-IOL offer a set of methods to
increase interoperability through protocol operations, signaling,
point-to-point and multi-system scenarios. For more information,
visit the UNH-IOL website at:
About Lambda OpticalSystems
Lambda OpticalSystems, an advanced optical network
solutions provider, is committed to the development of next-generation
all-optical networks that enable signals to pass through the core
without conversion– enhancing network management efficiency
and affordability. Sevin Rosen Funds and ComVentures, two very highly
respected venture firms with strong track records in successful
telecommunications companies’ investments and business development,
incorporated the company in March of 2003. With a clear new vision
for its future, Lambda OpticalSystems has developed and brought
to market a complete family of optical networking products which
allow end-to-end services delivery and network management over all-optical
networks at the individual wavelength level.
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Lambda OpticalSystems
also operates an additional product development location in Holmdel,
New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.lambdaopticalsystems.com
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