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OIF ANNOUNCES VENDOR PARTICIPANTS IN WORLDWIDE INTEROPERABILITY
Participants Represent Top Tier Optical Network
Fremont, CA, May 11,
2005 – The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) announced
today the 13 vendor member companies participating in its second
OIF Worldwide Interoperability Demonstration. This year’s
most comprehensive optical interoperability event began last month
at seven carrier host locations. Preliminary testing of a wide spectrum
of devices includes routers, multi-service provisioning platforms,
SONET/SDH cross-connects, optical switches, optical add-drop multiplexers
(OADMs) and reconfigurable OADMs (ROADMs). Participating companies
include Alcatel, Avici Systems, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems,
Inc., Fujitsu, Huawei Technologies, Lambda OpticalSystems, Lucent
Technologies, Mahi Networks, Marconi, Nortel, Sycamore Networks
“It is a monumental accomplishment to get
20 of the world’s leading optical technology carriers and
suppliers to collaborate on a global scale,” said Jim Jones
of Alcatel, and OIF Technical Committee chair. “Interoperability
demonstrations like these are essential stepping stones that bring
leading edge technology out of the labs and into operational networks.
They demonstrate the maturity of the technology and give carriers
confidence in multi-vendor support.”
The vendors are on-site at carrier lab locations
in Asia, Europe and North America establishing connections and building
regional networks. When regional connectivity is complete and evaluated
the event will culminate in a live, global real-time network test.
The OIF Worldwide Interoperability Demonstration will be unveiled
to the public at SUPERCOMM 2005 in Chicago, June 7-9, booth #50094.
The testing is focused on the integration of a
distributed optical control plane with Ethernet over SONET/SDH adaptation
using GFP-F, VCAT and LCAS. The test of a distributed control plane
marks the first test of its kind that explores the technical issues
of multi-layer signaling and routing in such a network. The OIF’s
control plane solution allows carriers to provide more service efficiently,
by automating provisioning and optimizing utilization of existing
carrier network infrastructure.
“This test is significant because it validates
the work taking place in the OIF,” said Jonathan Sadler of
Tellabs, and OIF Architecture and Signaling Working Group chair.
“Ethernet is important, the service providers have the SONET/SDH
core; they want to offer Ethernet using the fiber/network already
in place. This capability will enable them to offer more services
and keep costs down.”
The seven carrier members hosting the OIF Worldwide
Interoperability Demonstration include AT&T, China Telecom,
Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, NTT Laboratories, Telecom Italia
and Verizon. The carrier hosts are providing test facilities, engineering
staff and real-world network connectivity continuously from mid-April
The demonstration is supported by test equipment
provided by Navtel Communications.
About the OIF
Launched in April of 1998,
the OIF is a non-profit organization with a unique and diverse member
base, including many of the world’s leading carriers, component
manufacturers and system vendors. As the only industry group uniting
representatives from data and optical networks, the OIF helps advance
the standards and methods of optical networks. The purpose of the
OIF is to accelerate the deployment of interoperable, cost-effective
and robust optical networks and their associated technologies.
Optical internetworks are data networks composed
of routers and data switches interconnected by optical networking
The OIF actively supports and extends the work of national and international
standards bodies with the goal of promoting worldwide compatibility
of optical internetworking products. Liaisons have been established
with The ATM Forum, IEEE 802.3, IETF, ITU-T Study Group 13, ITU-T
Study Group 15, MEF, NPF, OPTXS, Rapid I/O, TMF MTNM group, TMOC,
UXPi and the XFP MSA Group. More information on the OIF can be found
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