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Test & Measurement

Test Firms Attack Ethernet

CHICAGO – Globalcomm 2006 – Telecom's test-and-measurement firms are filling up the Globalcomm news queue with a slew of new product releases and customer wins.

While some of the sector's big guns, such as Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Spirent Communications , have been holding off on announcing their news, others have jumped the gun and laid out their wares early, with Ethernet-related capabilities dominating.

For example, the Communications Test and Measurement division at JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU) -- a.k.a. Acterna -- says it will be showing off an integrated set of Ethernet test tools that covers a full range of test scenarios involved in the deployment of Ethernet network elements, the provisioning of services, and then the monitoring of those services. (See JDSU Ensures QOS.)

And Canadian Ethernet test specialist Innocor Ltd. has unveiled capabilities for Ethernet over PDH that it has added to its TestPoint platform. (See Innocor Adds Test Options.)

Innocor's director of product management, Guylain Barlow, says the capabilities have been developed specifically to meet the requirements of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 's G.7043/G.8040 standard for transporting Ethernet traffic over DS1, E1, DS3, and E3 lines, and that the company built the product to meet the demands of some major component and equipment manufacturers that Innocor can't currently name.

The company has also added an intrusive RPR test capability to TestPoint that injects errors into an RPR ring and measures the impact.

Other test companies set to announce news at Globalcomm include Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), Empirix Inc. , more announcements from JDSU, and Brix Networks Inc. , which is announcing U.K. cable operator giant ntl group ltd. (Nasdaq: NTLI) as a customer for its MPLS monitoring probes.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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