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.
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