ITU and the IEEE will hold a workshop
on carrier-class Ethernet, 31 May- 1 June.
Much work has been done in both organisations to progress Ethernet, developed
as an enterprise technology, into a carrier service. The event will focus on
opportunities for further collaboration.
Long-recognized as the ubiquitous LAN technology, Ethernet is now seeing
increased attention as a carrier-grade service. In part this is due to the
convenience of being able to simply provide end-to-end service, but also
carriers can realize savings both in terms of capital and operational
Ethernet services are becoming popular because they allow carriers to offer
considerably improved flexibility to customers through a much simpler and lower
cost interface. Ethernet allows users to specify exactly how much bandwidth
they want between the 10Mbit/s and 1Gbit/s range currently offered. Further,
Ethernet provides reduced operation complexity and improved scalability for
carriers. And as operators look to NGN and the use of the Internet Protocol
(IP), Ethernet is seen as the best fit, especially given the rise of such
services as IP VPNs, VLANs and dedicated Internet access.
The event will start with an overview of the standards work from ITU-T and IEEE
and will then drill down into detail with sessions focusing on: Ethernet based
and Ethernet capable access networks; Ethernet network transport; Ethernet
Bridging architecture; Ethernet OAM and management; Ethernet QoS, timing and
synchronization. A closing session will bring together reports from all of the
session chairs in order to identify the direction of future work.