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PBT in the Spotlight

Love it or hate it -- and we know some of you really hate it -- it's hard to ignore controversial carrier Ethernet technology Provider Backbone Transport (PBT).

And Light Reading is certainly not ignoring it. In fact, quite the opposite, because we have a new in-depth, free, 10-page report on the topic, a supplementary report on 17 vendors' positions relating to the technology, a new Light Reading readers' poll, and much more.

In addition, PBT, or PBB-TE (Provider Backbone Bridge -- Traffic Engineering) as it's known in its standards process at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) , is also set to be the focus of Day Three at this year's Ethernet Expo: Europe 2008 event in London (April 14-16).

Also at that event, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s director of IP and data platforms, Karl Penaluna, will provide an update on 21CN Ethernet products, including PBT-related services, in his keynote address on the second day of the conference. (See BT to Update on Ethernet Plans .)

That's a lot to take in, so here are some helpful links to take you to our new reports, the poll, and details of the upcoming Ethernet Expo:



Also, here's some of Light Reading's recent PBT-related news coverage:

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading


Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Ethernet Expo: Europe 2008, the premier event covering the hot topic of carrier Ethernet network technologies and services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). To be staged in London, April 14-16, admission is free for attendees meeting our prequalification criteria. For more information, or to register, click here.


Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:43:48 PM
re: PBT in the Spotlight I believe you, ruready, but the cynical part of me can't help but wonder if the CTO was thinking, "There's a role for PBT ... ON THE BENCH!"

That's a cheap shot, I know. Couldn't resist. :)
ruready 12/5/2012 | 3:44:14 PM
re: PBT in the Spotlight Spoke to a CTO of a major carrier, not BT, recently and he said: "There is a role for PBT." He would not go further in the discussion. This leads me to believe that we will see additional PBT deployments.
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