Abstract

<p><a href="http://www.osa-jon.org/virtual_issue.cfm?vid=7">Feature Issue on Optical Ethernet (OE)</a></p>Since the introduction of Ethernet technology in the 1980s, Ethernet has undergone major modifications and recent advances such as the support of 10 G interfaces, the resilient packet ring (RPR) standard, the Ethernet passive optical networks (EPONs), and so on have transformed Ethernet from a dominant local area network (LAN) networking technology to a key, flexible and cost-effective networking technology for metropolitan area networks (MANs). The purpose of this paper is to assess Ethernet maturity for deployment in MANs, based on different assessment criteria such as service provisioning and delivery (scalability issues related to the media access control (MAC) addresses and the supported number of virtual LAN identifiers), network protection and restoration as well as network and service management (provisioning of Ethernet services, fault identification, and monitoring). This assessment is based on a real-case scenario of deploying an advance metropolitan gigabit Ethernet network from a network service provider in Greece, Attica Telecom.

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L. Zier, W. Fischer, and F. Brockners, "Ethernet-based public communication services: challenge and opportunity," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 88-95 (2004).

G. Chiruvolu, A. Ge, D. Elie-Dit-Cosaque, M. Ali, and J. Rouyer, "Issues and approaches on extending Ethernet beyond LANs," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 80-86 (2004).

D. Cavendish, "Operation, administration, and maintenance of Ethernet services in wide area networks," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 72-79 (2004).

Ali, M.

G. Chiruvolu, A. Ge, D. Elie-Dit-Cosaque, M. Ali, and J. Rouyer, "Issues and approaches on extending Ethernet beyond LANs," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 80-86 (2004).

Brockners, F.

L. Zier, W. Fischer, and F. Brockners, "Ethernet-based public communication services: challenge and opportunity," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 88-95 (2004).

Cavendish, D.

D. Cavendish, "Operation, administration, and maintenance of Ethernet services in wide area networks," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 72-79 (2004).

Chiruvolu, G.

G. Chiruvolu, A. Ge, D. Elie-Dit-Cosaque, M. Ali, and J. Rouyer, "Issues and approaches on extending Ethernet beyond LANs," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 80-86 (2004).

Elie-Dit-Cosaque, D.

G. Chiruvolu, A. Ge, D. Elie-Dit-Cosaque, M. Ali, and J. Rouyer, "Issues and approaches on extending Ethernet beyond LANs," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 80-86 (2004).

Fischer, W.

L. Zier, W. Fischer, and F. Brockners, "Ethernet-based public communication services: challenge and opportunity," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 88-95 (2004).

Ge, A.

G. Chiruvolu, A. Ge, D. Elie-Dit-Cosaque, M. Ali, and J. Rouyer, "Issues and approaches on extending Ethernet beyond LANs," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 80-86 (2004).

Rouyer, J.

G. Chiruvolu, A. Ge, D. Elie-Dit-Cosaque, M. Ali, and J. Rouyer, "Issues and approaches on extending Ethernet beyond LANs," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 80-86 (2004).

Zier, L.

L. Zier, W. Fischer, and F. Brockners, "Ethernet-based public communication services: challenge and opportunity," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 88-95 (2004).

IEEE Commun. Mag. (3)

L. Zier, W. Fischer, and F. Brockners, "Ethernet-based public communication services: challenge and opportunity," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 88-95 (2004).

G. Chiruvolu, A. Ge, D. Elie-Dit-Cosaque, M. Ali, and J. Rouyer, "Issues and approaches on extending Ethernet beyond LANs," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 80-86 (2004).

D. Cavendish, "Operation, administration, and maintenance of Ethernet services in wide area networks," IEEE Commun. Mag. 42(3), 72-79 (2004).

Other (7)

Attica Telecom was nominated by Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) with "The MEF Innovation Award for European Metro Ethernet Service Provider of the Year" for the year 2004.

Metro Ethernet Forum Technical Specification, "Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework--Part 1: Generic Framework," May 2004, http://www.metroethernetforum.org/PDFs/Standards/MEF4.pdf.

Metro Ethernet Forum Technical Specification, "Requirements and Framework for Ethernet Service Protection in Metro Ethernet Networks," February 2004, http://www.metroethernetforum.org/PDFs/Standards/MEF2.pdf.

"Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 and Ethernet Routing Switch 5520/5530," The Tolly Group, No. 205116, June 2005http://www.tolly.com/ts/2005/Nortel/ERS/TollyTS205116NortelEthernetRoutingSwitchJune2005.pdf.

ITU-T Recommendation M.3100, "Generic network information model" (04/05), http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/.

"Connection and Service Management Information Model-CaSMIM)," TMF 508, 605 and 807, v.2.0, June 2001, http://www.tmforum.org.

"Multi-technology Network Management (MTNM) Solution Suite v3.0," TMF 513, 608 and 814, v.3.0, October 2003, http://www.tmforum.org.

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