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TMCNet:  Spirent Helps China Telecom and Huawei Complete the World's First 400GE Test for Short and Long-range Technologies

[November 07, 2017]

Spirent Helps China Telecom and Huawei Complete the World's First 400GE Test for Short and Long-range Technologies

Spirent (News - Alert) Communications (LSE: SPT), a leader in the Ethernet testing and assurance industry, announced today a collaboration with China Telecom China Co. Ltd., Guangzhou Research Institute and Huawei (News - Alert) to verify 400 Gb/s Ethernet (400GE) short- and long-range technologies. The test, which is the first of its kind, included the verification of 400GE port functions such as line-speed forwarding, multi-service stacking, and fault reporting for short- and long-range technologies.

The trials were performed in China Telecom's (News - Alert) network and terminal key laboratory using test cases based on real-world network applications, while Guangzhou Research Institute was responsible for network requirements, test-case design, and execution. Spirent provided testing equipment for the project, which included Spirent TestCenter® with DX3-400GO-P2 400G and FX3-100GO-T2 100G test modules.

"The IEEE (News - Alert) 400GE standard is expected to be adopted by the end of 2017 and, as various international bodies are accelerating the standardization process of 400GE, the perfection and establishment of these standards will rely on early and sufficient testing to verify their performance," said Zhu Yongqing, director for IP technology research of the China Telecom Research Institute. "This collaborative test marks the first R&D evaluation of its kind and perhaps most importantly, the achievement of our expected outcome is a landmark step for the adoption of standardized 400GE short- and long-range technologies."

"The joint innovation endeavor of the Guangzhou Research Institute, Huawei and Spirent lays a solid foundation for the industry-wide maturity of 400GE technologies, marking the threshold for the commercialization of next generation high capacity port technologies provided by 400GE," said Zhou Jiaxin, Sales Director for Spirent Communications.

"It is our hope these results help to acclerate the commercialization of 400GE in the industry," Zhou continued.

Abhitesh Kastuar, General Manager for Cloud and IP Solutions stated, "Spirent has been involved in the entire 400GE R&D and evaluation process, making great contributions to the research and development of the standard. We track development trends, continue investment in core technologies, and provide innovative solutions to our customers and the industry to advance the evolution of networks and improve services for the cloud age."

According to the joint press release issued by China Telecom Guangzhou and Huawei, the quantum leap in development and the explosion of services like HD video and cloud computing has caused traffic across the backbone to increase by 45% annually. These annual increases across the network pose critical bandwidth challenges. At present, 100GE is the highest line-rate commercially available.

To meet these challenges, Spirent has adopted a high-density mandate to offer test solutions with more 100GbE ports in one test module than any other vendor. In addition, Spirent expects to continue this standard of high port density in future releases, giving customers a higher return on investment and smaller footprint of rack space.

To satisfy test requirements of the new generation of 400GE, Spirent has released the DX3 series and PX3 series, 400G and 200G testing modules on its flagship product, Spirent TestCenter, providing industry-leading single-slot 2-port density and CFP8 and QSFP-DD interfaces to help the industry to advance the commercialization of 400GE in carrier networks and data centers.

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About Spirent Communications (News - Alert) plc

Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT) is the leading provider of verification, assessment, analytics, and device intelligence solutions. We enable those who deliver networks, connected devices, and communication services to provide a superior user experience. From service provider networks and enterprise data centers to mobile communications and connected vehicles, Spirent works with leading innovators to help the world communicate and collaborate faster, better, and more securely.

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