Abstract

This paper presents the concepts of Ethernet services transport from a carrier’s perspective. An overview of metro - Ethernet networks is presented, and possible technology migration paths are discussed, based on ITU - T GFP, VCat, LCAS, and IEEE 802. 17 RPR and IETF MPLS draft / protocols. Metro-Ethernet services are therefore defined according to their technology component enablers and related standards.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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