Suppliers flock to latest DPoE interop test event for Metro Ethernet provisioning

April 28, 2011
In addition to providing provisioning requirements for Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) equipment, version 1.0 of the DPoE specifications defines requirements and functionality to support Metro Ethernet services such as Ethernet Private Line (EPL).

LOUISVILLE, Colo.--Thirteen broadband industry suppliers converged on CableLabs to participate in the second DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) interoperability testing event. The April 11-15 interop was the second in a series of interoperability events scheduled in 2011.

“Significant progress has been made since the first interop event. This interop featured several combinations of equipment from multiple suppliers to create a DPoE Network that supports Metro Ethernet services. For these network services, all devices were provisioned using the same back-office systems normally used to provision DOCSIS equipment,” said Curtis Knittle, Director of Digital Video Services at CableLabs.

The second DPoE interop event attracted five new suppliers while overall participation increased thirty percent, according to CableLabs. Suppliers participating in the event included Adva, Arris, Atheros, Broadcom, Ciena, CommScope, CTDI, Finisar, Huawei, MRV, Sumitomo, Telco Systems, and ZTE.

The interop event focused on the DPoE v1.0 specifications. In addition to providing provisioning requirements for Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) equipment, version 1.0 of the DPoE specifications defines requirements and functionality to support Metro Ethernet services such as Ethernet Private Line (EPL).

“We are thrilled to see the large increase in DPoE supplier presence at this second interop. The implementation progress and improved interoperability is tremendous. The DPoE supplier community has demonstrated again that they are committed to implementing to the DPoE specifications,” commented Kevin McElearney, Senior Vice President of Network Engineering at Comcast.

CableLabs' interoperability events provide suppliers with an informal laboratory setting in which they have the opportunity to test their latest products within CableLabs' headends and testing environment, determine compliance with industry specifications and the ability of their products to interoperate with other devices in an end-to-end system.

The next interoperability event for DPoE products is scheduled to begin on August 22, 2011.

CONTACT:
CableLabs
Mike Schwartz, 303-661-3766
www.cablelabs.com
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