EXFO adds IPv6 support to Ethernet test portfolio

November 20, 2008 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering has added IPv6 testing capabilities for its field-portable FTB-8510B and FTB-8510G, as well as its laboratory IQS-8510B and IQS-8510G Packet Blazer series of test modules.

November 20, 2008 -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. announced the release of IPv6 testing capabilities for its field-portable FTB-8510B (up to 1 Gbit/sec) and FTB-8510G (up to 10 Gbits/sec), as well as its laboratory IQS-8510B and IQS-8510G Packet Blazer series of test modules.

IPv6 is the next-generation Internet Protocol that will drive new Internet applications and much larger deployments through significant improvements over IPv4 in terms of the number of available individual IP addresses, performance, management, security, and multimedia support.

The FTB-8510B and FTB-8510G test modules, housed inside the company's FTB-200 Compact Platform for field-testing applications and FTB-400 Universal Test System for advanced tasks in central offices, now support a complete test suite for deploying, maintaining, and troubleshooting IPv6 services, say EXFO representatives. The IQS-8510B and IQS-8510G, hosted inside the IQS-500 and IQS-600 Integrated Qualification System, are designed for manufacturing floor and laboratory environments.

"Most network operators are about to begin deploying IPv6-based Ethernet services," reports Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's vice president of product management and marketing. "These rollouts will pose considerable challenges, both from a technology and operational perspective. The FTB-8510B and FTB-8510G test modules can help network operators address these challenges through comprehensive and straightforward IPv6 testing capabilities that enable a successful transition."

The FTB-8510B/FTB-8510G as well as IQS-8510B/IQS-8510G Packet Blazer Ethernet test modules can be upgraded via software downloads to support IPv6 testing capabilities. These modules also offer support for carrier Ethernet, with capabilities including PBB-TE, MPLS, QinQ and bi-directional RFC 2544 testing, a critical component for assessing asymmetric Ethernet services in service-level agreements (SLAs).


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