Fujitsu Ethernet Tag Switching achieves 32 percent lower OpEx than MPLS-TP


Fujitsu’s implementation of Connection-Oriented Ethernet
(COE), called Ethernet Tag Switching, reduces service providers’ annual
operating expenses by 32 percent over five years when compared to an MPLS-TP
implementation, according to a research report by Network Strategy Partners.


Connection-Oriented Ethernet
is capable of creating, for the first time, a single metro network
infrastructure with all the flexibility and cost benefits associated with
Ethernet, while providing the performance, quality-of-service and security
previously only available via SONET/SDH.


Using their OpEx modeling tools created with data from
service providers and equipment manufacturers collected over 13 years, Network
Strategy Partners calculated the impact of using Ethernet Tag Switching.


MPLS-TP, across six categories of service provider
operations: OSS System Integration and Software Expenses, Network Management
Equipment and Software, Training, Testing and Certification Operations, Network
Care and Network Upgrades and Patches. In each category, Fujitsu Ethernet Tag
Switching resulted in greater cost savings versus MPLS-TP.


We found that the Fujitsu Ethernet
Tag Switching implementation of COE produces lower OpEx than the MPLS-TP
implementation of COE when service providers migrate from a SONET-centric to a
packet-centric transport network infrastructure,” said Michael Kennedy,
principal analyst for ACG Research.


In particular, Ethernet Tag Switching goes a long way
toward simplifying Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) while
incorporating widely-accepted Carrier Ethernet standards. The combination
allows transport operations personnel to continue using the procedures and
applications they’ve used for years, even as service delivery and transport
functions become increasingly packet-based,” Kennady added.


The Network Strategy Partners study reaffirms what we’ve
been hearing from customers for a number of years,” said Ralph Santitoro,
director of Carrier Ethernet Market Development, Fujitsu Network Communications
and founding member and director of the Metro Ethernet Forum.


Since we began integrating Ethernet Tag Switching COE
into our award-winning Packet-Optical Networking Platforms, service providers
have embraced the technology. They view using COE as the way to lower operating
costs, preserve existing network and OAM investments and migrate towards
delivering high performance Ethernet services driving the next generation of
communications. We’re gratified to see that the study results mirror the
experiences and expectations of our customers,” Ralph added.


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