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  • Guide to MPLS VPN/Ethernet VPLS edge networking services

    Ethernet VPLS and MPLS VPN services can play a key role in edge networking design. Our guide looks at deploying these services, their strengths and weaknesses, handling customer expectations and more. 

  • Metro network trends: Deploying next-gen Ethernet services

    This guide looks at growing enterprise demand for Carrier Ethernet services in the metro area and how carriers can successfully deploy Ethernet architecture and services to meet business-customers' needs and increase revenue while migrating away from... 

  • Carrier Ethernet essentials

    In this guide, service providers will find helpful tips for delivering Ethernet as a service and gain an understanding of the key issues in Ethernet backbone deployments. Explore how service provider certification can give you the leg up in enterpris... 

  • Carrier Ethernet: Standardizing carrier-class characteristics

    This chapter download assesses Carrier Ethernet carrier-class characteristics and efforts to standardize services and enable next-generation multimedia applications. 

  • Metro Ethernet services: Switching and service attributes

    Ethernet Layer 2 switching and the different metro Ethernet service concepts as introduced by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) are explained in this chapter excerpt. Taken from the tried and true Metro Ethernet by Sam Halabi, the chapter covers ... 

  • Ethernet: Technology overview for carriers and service providers

    Ethernet, especially in the form of carrier Ethernet and carrier Ethernet transport, is gaining momentum in the telecom industry for its ease of use and potential lower cost. 

  • Weighing the value of optical/electrical network convergence

    Telecom carriers must weigh several factors to assess the value of combining optical and electrical network layers -- opto-electrical network convergence -- as packet networking increases in order to ensure lower operations costs, necessary managemen... 

  • Nortel Metro Ethernet Networks assets: Why no sale?

    Nortel's Metro Ethernet Network assets, which include Carrier Ethernet and optical units, have been for sale for a year with no final bids. IDC analyst Eve Griliches looks at why a competing equipment vendor hasn't closed the deal. 

  • Carrier Ethernet demand rises as enterprise WAN landscape changes

    Carrier Ethernet services are in high demand as enterprises engineer data center consolidation and deal with flat or declining IT budgets. Yet telecom service providers can make Ethernet services more effective and useful for customers, as well as ea... 

  • Carrier Ethernet meets new enterprise metro data center needs

    Telecom service providers are upgrading their metro area networks to support voice and data convergence, and enterprise networked applications and architectures. Carrier Ethernet is pulling ahead to meet enterprise data center needs for high-bandwidt... 

  • Metro Ethernet service deployment eased by Carrier Ethernet standards choices

    Metro Ethernet services are in high demand by enterprises because of their plug-and-play simplicity and high WAN bandwidth. Two Carrier Ethernet standards, MPLS-TE and PBB-TE, offer carriers a way to deploy and provision Ethernet services more quickl... 

  • Carrier Ethernet: Big picture issues for carrier deployment

    Carrier Ethernet standards were designed to address Ethernet technology's shortcomings in access and core networks and in site-to-site transport to bring Ethernet to carrier grade. This tip addresses additional telecom service provider issues in larg... 

  • Metro network complexity: Time to cut the Gordian knot?

    Service providers have built multi-service metro networks with high-functioning equipment, but metro networks are now complex and expensive to operate. This IDC report looks at why carriers need to consider alternatives to get the service velocity th... 

  • Alcatel-Lucent adds Carrier Ethernet services framework

    Taking Carrier Ethernet to the next level, Alcatel-Lucent's new portfolio includes a framework for advanced services designed to help providers deliver new applications that enable advanced services for residential, business and mobile networks. 

  • Carrier Ethernet, metro optical lead telecom industry trends

    Carrier Ethernet led the telecom trends at the telecommunications industry's largest trade show, crowding this market with more vendors, according to IDC analyst Eve Griliches. 

  • PBT: Where we are today?

    PBT has been hyped as the miracle protocol that could enable Carrier Ethernet to take the place of MPLS, but the likely outcome isn't a choice between one or the other. 

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  • 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE)

    100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) is a standard in development that will enable the transfer of Ethernet frames at 100 gigabits per second (gp/s). The 100GbE standard is for core switching. A 40GbE standard, in development simultaneously, is designed for... 

  • Metro Ethernet

    Metro Ethernet is the use of Carrier Ethernet technology in metropolitan area networks (MANs)... (Continued) 

  • Ethernet as a service (EaaS)

    Ethernet as a service (EaaS) is the use of high-bandwidth, fiber optic media such as Packet over SONET (PoS) to deliver 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps or even 1000 Mbps Ethernet service to one or more customers across a common bidirectional broadband infrastruct... 

  • Carrier Ethernet

    Carrier Ethernet is the use of high-bandwidth Ethernet technology for Internet access and for communication among business, academic and government local area networks (LANs)... (Continued) 

  • switch

    In a telecommunications network, a switch is a device that channels incoming data from any of multiple input ports to the specific output port that will take the data toward its intended destination. 

About Carrier Ethernet

Ethernet is increasingly being used to provide services and transport in service provider access networks and carrier backbones. Learn best practices for delivering carrier grade Ethernet and about Ethernet's rise as transport technology and the debate between such options as PBT, PBB-TE and T-MPLS.