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Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll

Light Reading today stepped up the pressure on vendors to participate in its planned test of optical grooming switches by publishing the final version of the test plan at the same time as unveiling widespread support for the test among service providers.

The test is being undertaken by BTexact Technologies, the advanced technology division of British Telecom (BT) (NYSE: BTY), using test equipment from Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A).

The idea is to evaluate the performance of optical grooming switches now that several companies have launched equipment that competes with the market leader, the CoreDirector from Ciena Corp. (Nasdaq: CIEN).

In order to do this, Light Reading has invited each vendor to build a small network of four switches in BTexact's lab so that its gear can be evaluated in conditions as close as possible to those of a real live commercial network. Vendors don't have to pay to participate in the test -- an issue considered vital to the integrity of results according to a recent poll in Light Reading (see Testing Testing).

A test plan describing this in glorious detail has now been finalized, following consultations with vendors. It can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.

Light Reading's efforts to shed light on the pros and cons of today's grooming switches has won widespread support from service providers. Close to 40 of them responded to a request to express their support for this project, by sending messages to Light Reading. Smaller service providers probably have more to gain from the tests because they often wouldn't have the resources to undertake their own evaluations. However, representatives from several major carriers also sent in messages of support. They include:

  • France Telecom SA
  • SingTel
  • Metromedia Fiber Network Inc. (MFN) (Nasdaq: MFNX)
  • WorldCom Inc. (Nasdaq: WCOM)
  • Level 3 Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT)

    — Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading
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    Peter Heywood 12/4/2012 | 10:10:25 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll Thanks, but please, we are NOT Lightwave
    switchrus 12/4/2012 | 10:10:25 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll Peter said:

    "Light Reading is stumping up a considerable amount of money to perform this test, with the goal of moving away from comparing marketing claims towards comparing cold hard facts."

    Will you give out a snazzy logo for the winners? Something like the LR seal of approval...LOL.

    All kidding aside, removing FUD from the marketing process is good.
    Peter Heywood 12/4/2012 | 10:10:25 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll Thank you, thank you.

    I forgot to explain how you can support our initiative.

    If you have some leverage on a vendor making grooming switches - as as customer, investor, or supplier - then the time has come for you to USE your leverage. Tell them that they've got to play in what promises to be a watershed test.

    Peter
    willywilson 12/4/2012 | 10:10:25 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll Light Reading is stumping up a considerable amount of money to perform this test, with the goal of moving away from comparing marketing claims towards comparing cold hard facts.

    We need you guys out there to support this - for the good of the whole industry.

    ---------

    What is the point of the test? The carriers won't accept the results.

    twistedcopper 12/4/2012 | 10:10:24 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll thanks peter, but why exclude TELM because they don't groom... just give a 0 for that area and test the other areas where it shines (intelligent switching). c'mon... TELM is the #1 switching vendor today. they really ought to be in the test.
    -twisted
    Peter Heywood 12/4/2012 | 10:10:24 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll I personally sent an invite to Tellium, just on the off-chance that it did have a grooming switch under development with NEC, see:

    http://www.lightreading.com/do...

    Peter
    smokeNmirrors 12/4/2012 | 10:10:23 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll Twisted,

    I continue to find it truly amazing how pro-Tellium you are. Do you realize that they just let go of 200 people last week and they brought in a total of 3M last quarter? If NEC or someone else doesn't buy them, they are done.

    You must be some Tellium Engineer's mother. "My little engineer would never work for a company that is in that position. Tellium is the best company on the planet."

    Tellium to $1 ;)
    FlimFlam 12/4/2012 | 10:10:23 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll Have any vendors said "yes" yet?
    Scott Raynovich 12/4/2012 | 10:10:22 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll Twisted,

    "TELM is the #1 switching vendor today."

    Really? Please explain.
    smokeNmirrors 12/4/2012 | 10:10:22 PM
    re: Optical Switch Test: Ready to Roll First off, I am not a Tellium basher but a realist. I would be grateful to see ANY good news from ANY vendor out there.

    Tellium's problem is that they are a one product company, and there is little demand out there for a non-grooming OC-48/OC-192 wavelength switch.

    They may have the money to last 2 years if they did not develop anything new and they were sure that there would be serious demand in two years for their single product. Good luck...

    They do not have enough money for acquisition or new product development. They will either be acquired and become part of a product portfolio or die a slow painful death.

    Unfortunate but true.
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