EANTC Skips PBB-TE
EANTC did set up a 15-vendor MPLS interoperability test, as well as a small MPLS-TP (transport profile) one. (See Checking Out MPLS-TP .)
But no PBB-TE. Any particular reason?
"We say whoever brings whatever aggregation technology, we will look into it," says Carsten Rossenhövel, EANTC managing director. "There were actually no PBT vendors signed up this time."
OK. That's a good reason.
PBB-TE isn't dead, but there's evidence the buzz isn't as lively as it was last year. The last six months, in particular, have been pretty quiet, says Dan Joe Barry, sales marketing manager for Tpack A/S .
One reason might be that the curiosity factor has faded. The bigger trend right now is "everyone waiting to see what's happening with MPLS-TP," Barry says.
On a more obvious front, Nortel Networks Ltd. , the PBB-TE crusader, has been busy with other stuff. (See Nortel Files for Bankruptcy Protection.) And its star PBB-TE customer, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), changed course last May after a shift in management. (See PBT Sidelined at BT, Nortel: There's More to PBT Than BT, and BT Exec Exit.)
As late as this fall, though, PBB-TE was showing signs of life. Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) announced plans for the technology, and a Colt Technology Services Group Ltd executive noted PBB-TE's potential for wireless backhaul. (See PBT: Alive 'n' Kicking and Sprint Joins PBT Club.)
MPLS and MPLS-TP have the advantage of some big-name backers, though, including Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR).
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading