MRV to Demonstrate OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet Access Products at MPLS and Ethernet World Congress

MRV COMMUNICATIONS, INC., today announced that its OptiSwitch carrier-class Ethernet access product line will participate as part of the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) multi-vendor interoperability demo at the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress 2010 event held Feb. 9-13 in Paris. MRV is a leading networking company with a full line of packet-optical transport (P-OTS), carrier Ethernet, 40G networking and out-of-band networking products.

EANTC hosted a multi-vendor interoperability test in January to evaluate state-of-the-art MPLS and Ethernet architectures and applications in a detailed technical hot-staging. The test results will be demonstrated in a public showcase during the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress 2010. The multi-vendor interoperability demonstration will highlight end-to-end mobile backhaul, MPLS and Ethernet-based transport systems that meet Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) standards for managed services.

The OptiSwitch showed interoperability as well as advanced features such as ITU-T G.8032 Ethernet ring protection switching (ERPS), which provides sub-50ms protection to simplify migration path from SONET/SDH optical fiber rings to Carrier Ethernet services in a ring topology.

"One of the critical definitions of Carrier Ethernet is the ability to enable SONET-like sub-50ms service restoration,” said Carsten Rossenhoevel, managing director of EANTC. “EANTC measured sub-50ms failover and restoration and found MRV’s OptiSwitch to successfully demonstrate ERPS as standardized by ITU-T G.8032.”

Mobile Backhaul and MPLS Also on Display

Additionally, the company will demonstrate its mobile backhaul enhancements with the ability to provide timing and synchronization to base stations through ITU-T Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588v2 Precision Time Protocol. The company will also show MPLS access network capabilities including the ability to extend pseudowire services to the customer demarcation to deliver carrier-grade connection-oriented services in the radio access network. The demonstration will also highlight the OptiSwitch’s performance monitoring tools based on ITU-T Y.1731 standard and show how they maintain and measure service level agreements (SLAs).

"MRV enables reliable and deterministic Carrier Ethernet standards-based solutions for access networks for some of the most prominent service providers worldwide,” said Noam Lotan, chief executive officer of MRV Communications. “This interoperability demonstration validates the rich feature set and interoperability of our OptiSwitch product line for the deployment of carrier-grade services to the access of metro networks."

With more than 1,000 participants, MPLS & Ethernet World has emerged as the world's number one broadband networking event. The event will be held at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center and MRV will be showcasing its latest technologies in booth 114.


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