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Agilent, Net-O2 team to accelerate adoption of Carrier Ethernet

Posted: 10 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Agilent Technologies? Net-02? Carrier Ethernet? test portfolio? N2X?

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced an expanded Carrier Ethernet conformance test portfolio on its N2X multiservices test solution, part of a collaboration with Net-O2 Technologies Inc. The company's N2X now allows network equipment manufacturers and service providers to comprehensively validate Carrier Ethernet aggregation networks, which are essential to the delivery of triple play services.

According to the press release, Net-O2's ATTEST Layer 2 conformance test technology has been integrated into Agilent's N2X platform. This combines the comprehensive ATTEST protocol test cases with the productivity benefits of the N2X conformance test manager, laying the foundation for the rapid introduction of future test suites and applications.

"Customers now have access to a complete range of quality conformance testing solutions from established vendors they know and trust," said David Charlu, president and chief technical officer of Net-O2 Technologies. "The collaboration with Agilent allows both companies to leverage their respective strengths to benefit customers, and we look forward to the enabling possibilities for more innovative and flexible testing solutions that this association can bring."

The demand for real-time voice and video services that meet quality-of-experience expectations, combined with the drive to reduce operator costs, are generating a new breed of Carrier Ethernet aggregation devices. To optimize bandwidth allocation, packet delivery and fault recovery, equipment manufacturers and service providers must ensure these devices correctly implement the latest revisions of key Carrier Ethernet protocols like Link Aggregation Control Protocol and the Spanning Tree Protocols.

"Triple play services can be delivered over a variety of Carrier Ethernet infrastructure technologies, such as switched Ethernet, IP/MPLS and E-PON," said Siegfried Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent's digital verification solutions division. "These new conformance test suites make Agilent's portfolio the most comprehensive for testing Carrier Ethernet services and infrastructure by complementing the existing VPLS, high availability, E-PON, IPTV and MEF test capabilities of the N2X multiservices test solution."

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