PBB-TE Fades a Little Further

Extreme Networks is putting its latest bet behind MPLS-TP, a move that edges PBB-TE even further toward the sidelines

Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

February 7, 2011

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PBB-TE Fades a Little Further

Extreme Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) won't support Provider Backbone Bridging – Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE)in the E4G family of mobile backhaul devices being announced today.

Moreover, support for MPLS-TP -- the key packet-transport alternative to PBB-TE -- will be added to the company's entire ExtremeXOS portfolio, says Mark Showalter, director of service provider marketing.

Why this matters
This is a strong sign that PBB-TE won't ever get its mojo back, as Extreme was a very early, and outspoken, backer of PBB-TE.

Last year, vendors and analysts were still saying PBB-TE had enough demand to stand alongside MPLS-TP on feature lists, but the consensus seems to be that MPLS-TP has won the war.

Extreme's decision was "driven a lot by the mobile network providers," Showalter says.

PBB-TE still has some support, though. Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN), Cyan Optics Inc. , Tejas Networks India Ltd. and Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA) are among the other companies still offering the technology.

For more
Here's the latest about PBB-TE's presence (or lack thereof) in the industry:

  • IPV6, MPLS-TP Are Hot, Says Forum

  • PBB-TE Shares the Stage

  • iBurst Deploys Ciena for Backhaul

  • PBB-TE Loses Favor in Packet-Optical

  • Asia/Pacific Warms to MPLS-TP

  • MPLS-TP vs. PBB-TE

  • Extreme Lathers Up Soapstone Plans

  • Ciena Nets PBT Man

  • Ciena Thinks Beyond PBB-TE

  • EANTC Skips PBB-TE

  • Gridpoint Going Off-Grid?

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Craig Matsumoto

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Yes, THAT Craig Matsumoto – who used to be at Light Reading from 2002 until 2013 and then went away and did other stuff and now HE'S BACK! As Editor-in-Chief. Go Craig!!

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