Tellabs achieves Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has presented Tellabs with the Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certificate at the Americas CE Summit in San Diego.

The certificate marks the successful completion of CE 2.0 certification testing for the Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport System and the Tellabs 7300 Metro Ethernet Switch series.

For service providers, CE 2.0 ushers in a new era of Ethernet services, with carrier-grade OAM (operations, administration and maintenance) support and resiliency, better interoperability at network boundaries, and more granular provisioning and management capabilities.

Joe Shilgalis, vice president of North America sales, accepted the award for Tellabs. “As an early adopter of CE 2.0, Tellabs demonstrates market leadership in Carrier Ethernet through our broad Metro Ethernet Switch and Packet Optical Transport product portfolio,” Shilgalis said.

The Tellabs 8000 Intelligent Network Manager enables service providers to provision and manage Carrier Ethernet services from the demarcation point all the way through metro and regional networks. The MEF CE 2.0 certification provides our customers with a high level of assurance in the performance of Tellabs 7100 and 7300 based Carrier Ethernet Services.

Tellabs was also an earlier adopter of MEF CE 1.0, attaining certification of its packet transport product families back in 2005.

Bob Mandeville, president founder of test lab Iometrix, which is responsible for MEF’s testing process, said that “Tellabs is part of a select group of vendors that we have put through all the paces of the most challenging series of MEF conformity tests to date. The resulting CE 2.0 certification is evidence of the company’s strong and continued commitment to Carrier Ethernet standards.”

With the adoption of CE 2.0 certification by equipment vendors and operators, the industry’s shift away from legacy services to Carrier Ethernet is expected to accelerate further.

2. Vodacom Tanzania opts for NSN’s Single RAN

Vodacom Tanzania recently conducted a 4G (LTE – long term evolution) trial in Dar Es Salaam using Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN (radio access network) and Liquid Core technology.

In addition, the trial used Nokia Siemens Networks’ Circuit Switched FallBack (CSFB) voice call system enabling LTE mobile phones to fallback to GSM and 3G networks for voice calls. With this successful trial, Vodacom Tanzania is now in a perfect position to launch super fast 4G mobile broadband services in Tanzania.

“Vodacom is committed to bringing world-class LTE technology to Tanzania. This will contribute to the development of the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry and provide ultra-fast data services on par with leading LTE services around the world,” said Rene Meza, managing director, Vodacom Tanzania.

We selected Nokia Siemens Networks because of its proven capability in refarming 1800 MHz spectrum for LTE and its advanced radio and core platforms made the trial possible, and the excellent results convinced us that we can roll out a reliable and high-quality LTE network added Meza.

“Our advanced Flexi Multiradio Base Station was a natural choice for this trial as it is capable of seamlessly supporting multiple technologies on a single platform,” said Pete Beadle, head of Vodacom customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Our radio and core platforms used in the trial provided extremely reliable network connections for faster throughput that improves customer experience. With our Single RAN multi-technology platform, Vodacom can prepare its network for a smooth launch of LTE services and protect its investments today and tomorrow added Beadle.

Nokia Siemens Networks provided its Single RAN platform based on its award-winning, compact and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The company also provided its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi NS (network server), Flexi NG (network gateway) and Liquid Core based SGSN (serving GPRS support node).

In addition to providing its Mobile Softswitching (MSS) that manages traditional voice calls, Nokia Siemens Networks provided its CSFB voice call system. This system enables LTE smartphones to fallback to GSM and 3G networks so that users can enjoy voice calls alongside text messaging (SMS) and ultra-fast data services. The company also used its NetAct network management system to enable consolidated monitoring, management, and operation of Vodacom Tanzania’s trial network.

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