December 21, 2010 07:00 ET

Isocore Uses Ixia to Validate Alcatel-Lucent's Service Router Delivery of Media-Rich Residential Services

Ixia Tests Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router for Legacy BRAS Replacement, IPv6 Migration, and Assured Video Delivery

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - December 21, 2010) - Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of converged IP test systems, was used by Isocore in a successful demonstration of the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) acting as a broadband network gateway (BNG) for media-rich residential service delivery. The large-scale test proved that the 7750 SR has the subscriber management, IPv6 support, video quality assurance, and terabit forwarding capabilities required to deliver rich streaming video content necessary for broadband service providers.

To handle new traffic demands, service providers must upgrade their broadband remote access server (BRAS) equipment with next generation edge routers acting as BNGs. Broadband access functionality is increasingly more important -- and more challenging -- by the volume of bandwidth-hungry video. The imminent exhaustion of IPv4 addresses compounds the issue. The converged BNG is the IP node in a service provider's residential network, and plays a pivotal role in providing subscribers with seamless access to any service on any device as customer demands for low latency and low jitter traffic increase.

Isocore employed Ixia's IxNetwork to emulate and scale stateful subscriber hosts using a variety of residential access technologies, while generating high volumes of wire-rate multi-service IPv4 and IPv6 bi-directional traffic flows. Ixia emulated over 250,000 subscribers with various home residence scenarios. Granular QoS settings and analysis enabled Isocore to validate video assurance capabilities and user quality of experience. Ixia was able to deliver high volumes of media-rich traffic over extended periods of time -- a critical step in ensuring the test set-up represented real-world field deployments.

Using Ixia's test solutions, Isocore was able to execute its massively scalable test scenarios to meet and exceed real-world deployment conditions, providing assurance to Alcatel-Lucent's customers that the 7750 platform achieves the new IP architecture plans and deployments for residential services delivery. By removing risk, service providers can accelerate their plans and address consumer needs for high-performance video content and applications.

Key Facts:

  • IxNetwork works with Ixia's test platform to fully test broadband requirements, guaranteeing that numerous protocols and devices work together seamlessly to provide reliable Internet access -- especially when rolling out new services that use large amounts of bandwidth. Without sufficiently testing broadband network protocols, equipment, and network topologies, service providers will be unable to deliver reliable services.

  • Using IxNetwork, Ixia was able to verify and demonstrate the 7750's ability to handle dual-stack IPv6 and IPv4 subscriber hosts over PPPoEv6 with a routed home gateway (RHG), single IPv6 prefix delegation (PD) subscriber hosts over PPPoEv6 with a RHG and single IPv6 WAN-host subscribers over PPPoEv6 with a BHG -- all crucial proof points for BNG deployment.

  • The Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR product family is a suite of multiservice edge routers designed to deliver high-performance, high availability routing with service-aware operations, administration, management, and provisioning. The 7750 SR integrates the scalability, resiliency, and predictability of MPLS, as well as the bandwidth and economics of Ethernet and a broad selection of legacy interfaces, to enable a converged network infrastructure for the delivery of next-generation services.

Supporting Quotes:

  • "Increased customer demands for more bandwidth, faster access, and varied services are taxing existing BRAS capability. This trend will continue until currently deployed BRAS are obsolete. Broadband network providers have no choice but to upgrade their systems," said Jim Guillet, senior director, product marketing for Alcatel-Lucent's IP activities.  "This test by Isocore, using Ixia equipment, proves that our 7750 SR provides the perfect migration path to BGNs that can handle not only the onslaught of media-rich traffic, but help with the needed IPv4/IPv6 migration."

  • "Typical BRAS deployments are becoming obsolete as customers demand higher and higher bandwidths to service their media-rich traffic needs. Service providers must adapt to the rapid availability and consumption of video content available on the Internet as well as from their own media service offerings," said Rajiv Papneja, director of technology and validation at Isocore. "This test, using Ixia equipment, demonstrates how employing Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 as a border network gateway provides a migration path towards network access that serve the expanding data demands of network customers."

  • "As networks converge into a single network infrastructure that is used to carry voice, video, data, and wireless traffic, it is critical that leading edge test systems be used to assess functionality, scale and performance," said Tara Van Unen, senior manager of market development at Ixia. "IxNetwork assessed the 7750's ability to function in the real-world as a BNG -- a device that will become more critical as customer's demand more and more media-rich services."


About Ixia
Ixia is a leading provider of converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for wireless and wired infrastructures and services. Ixia's test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex networks, devices and applications. Ixia's multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

About Isocore
Isocore provides technology validation, certification and product evaluation services in emerging and next generation Internet and wireless technologies. Isocore is leading validation and interoperability of novel technologies including Carrier Ethernet, IPv6, IP Optical Integration, wireless backhauling and Layer 2/3 Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and currently focuses on IPTV service deployment architecture validation and design. Major router and switch vendors, Service Providers, and test equipment suppliers participate in Isocore activities. Isocore has major offices in the USA (Washington DC area), Europe (Paris, France) and Asia (Tokyo, Japan)

About Alcatel-Lucent
Alcatel-Lucent (PARIS: ALU) (NYSE: ALU) is the trusted transformation partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries such as defense, energy, healthcare, transportation, and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP and optics technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 15.2 billion in 2009 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow us on Twitter:

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