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February 02, 2013

TMCnet Dark Fiber Week in Review



By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor



While some network service provides continued to expand dark fiber footprint this past week, others were busy obtaining carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification. As a result, the dark fiber community was bustling with a variety of interesting developments this past week.

For instance, TMCnet contributor Anil Sharma reported that Leviton has successfully tested its Opt-X Unity 40G/100G pre-terminated MTP trunk cables in a 40 GbE channel using multi-vendor core Ethernet switches and QSFP optical transceivers. As per the report, the testing was conducted at the Ethernet Alliance’s (News - Alert) TeraFabric Plugfest held at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory.

According to Leviton, reported Sharma, this was the industry’s first multi-vendor public test of the official IEEE (News - Alert) Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX) standard 802.1Qaz.

Likewise, contributor Raju Shanbhag reported on the introduction of FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) Below-Grade OSP Cabinet by the fiber optics management company Clearfield (News - Alert). According to Clearfield, the OSP cabinet offers below-grade deployment, so deployment will be conducted within an underground vault. However, Below-Grade OSP Cabinets from Clearfield are known for the protection they provide against twisting/pistoning of the breakout.

They also allow for rapid visual problem solving with the help of opening cassettes.

The report indicates that the FSC Below-Grade Cabinet is ideal in environments above-grade placement of cabinets that is not possible or not allowed. The FSC Below-Grade Cabinet not only meets the needs of the users, but helps users in setting fiber management rules and regulations.

On another front, RAD Data Communications’ (News - Alert) carrier Ethernet devices received MEF's new carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification, according to a report by TMCnet contributor Jyothi Shanbhag.

The RAD products that received the CE 2.0 certification are the ETX-5300A Ethernet service aggregation platform, ETX-205A advanced carrier Ethernet/mobile demarcation device and ETX-203AX carrier Ethernet demarcation device. RAD believes that CE 2.0 certification further strengthens its position in the market.

MEF carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification was also given to Accedian Networks, which received carrier Ethernet training as well. TMCnet contributor Meenakshi Shankar reported that Accedian Networks is now an MEF carrier Ethernet accredited training provider.

Meanwhile, this past week, Sidera Networks (News - Alert) expanded its dark fiber services to Elk Grove, IL. In fact, according to Shanbhag’s report, a new route has been established between Chicago and three data centers in Elk Grove village, where Sidera is planning to provide its services. This new data center park will provide high-capacity bandwidth to the companies in the region.



 
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