September 20, 2010 06:00 ET

Ixia Validates Key Carrier Ethernet Technologies at Carrier Ethernet World Congress

Capabilities for Improving Service Scalability and Reducing Costs Demonstrated

WARSAW, POLAND--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) -  Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of IP performance test systems, is currently participating in an extensive live, public Carrier Ethernet multi-vendor interoperability showcase at the Carrier Ethernet World Congress (CEWC), September 20-23, in Warsaw, Poland. The showcase is organized by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC). Ixia played a critical role in testing key technologies that enable cost-efficient, scalable and reliable delivery of services over Carrier Ethernet for the network equipment vendors' routing and switching devices in the showcase. Cutting-edge Carrier Ethernet enabling technologies, including timing over packet (ToP), provider backbone bridging (PBB) working with virtual private LAN services (VPLS), and MPLS-TP solutions are being demonstrated.

Carriers are replacing legacy TDM-based mobile backhaul networks with Carrier Ethernet in order to more cost-effectively scale networks to accommodate bandwidth-hungry mobile devices. SyncE and IEEE 1588v2, also known as precision timing protocol (PTP), are two protocols that carriers use to achieve the clock synchronization needed to carry time-sensitive traffic, such as voice, over a packet-based Ethernet backhaul networks. At the EANTC showcase, Ixia is used to emulate both the PTP grandmaster clock and PTP slave clocks to demonstrate the functionality and interoperability of SyncE and 1588v2 implementations across different vendors and device types.

Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) technology is critical to improving the scalability of Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS); Ixia testing solutions emulate VPLS and PBB PE routers in order to generate appropriately encapsulated traffic. These tests ensure PBB and VPLS interworking and validate improved VPLS scalability.

MPLS-TP adds transport-like operation, OAM, and resilience characteristics to carrier-class MPLS technology, making it an attractive option for access, aggregation and backhaul networks supporting broadband, business and mobility services. Ixia testing solutions emulate MPLS and MPLS-TP protocols as well as PE routers to validate interworking and service delivery between MPLS and MPLS-TP transport domains.

In addition to the demonstration, Mike Haugh, Sr. Product Manager for Ixia's layer 2/3 test product line, will be speaking at the MEF workshop on Monday, September 20 at 11:30 am on the topic of "Global Interconnect: the Building Blocks-CoS & SLA."

Key Facts:

  • Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) and/or IEEE 1588v2 technology can be used to synchronize clock frequency across devices in the Ethernet backhaul network and significantly improve clock accuracy and stability to satisfy timing requirements of supporting mobile voice subscribers (i.e., from +-100ppm (parts per million) to +-4.6ppm using SyncE).
  • In a recent survey by Infonetics Research of Global Service Providers, 100% of service provider respondents claimed to be deploying IP/Ethernet backhaul in 2010. 65% of service providers plan to move to a single IP/Ethernet backhaul.
  • 60% of Global Service Providers plan to deploy MPLS-TP on routers and 68% on optical gear according to an Infonetics survey in July 2010.
  • 58% of service providers consider MPLS-TP interoperability between platforms to be very important. This function was highlighted as a must-have by operators at the July 2010 IIR Packet Transport Networks conference in Milan.
    ..."Where VLAN services are to be offered seamlessly from customer premises through the core network, most providers have determined that the "stacked VLAN" approach of IEEE 802.1ad will not support sufficient customers and flexible VLAN tag assignments to be commercially optimal. Instead, they opt for the 802.1ah approach (PBB)."...

Supporting Quotes:

  • "MPLS and ToP are essential ingredients in providing end-to-end transport and serviceability for Carrier Ethernet networks," said Carsten Rossenhövel, Managing Director at EANTC. "The ToP testing that we performed with Ixia test solutions and multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet equipment proves that Carrier Ethernet can provide the precision timing needed to carry voice and video traffic across 3G and LTE backhaul networks."

  • "Carriers have major incentive to replace TDM-based backhaul network with Ethernet-based backhaul network due to associated cost savings and ability to better support growing number of subscribers and higher bandwidth requirements," said Tara Van Unen, Sr. Manager, Market Development at Ixia. "Ixia's timing solution will allow carriers and mobile operators to verify that their Carrier Ethernet deployments meet the timing requirements necessary for an accurate and dependable infrastructure."


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.

The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) offers vendor-neutral consultancy and testing services for network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprise customers. Primary business areas include interoperability, conformance, and performance testing for Carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS, Triple Play and Mobile technologies and applications. For more information contact Carsten Rossenhoevel, Managing Director, at +49.30.3180595-0 or via e-mail at

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