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Optical Gear Providers Plan Huge Interoperability Demo

LONDON — The Optical Internetworking Forum has attracted 13 leading vendors for its second worldwide interoperability demonstration.

This year's optical interoperability event began last month at seven carrier host locations, and will be officially unveiled at the Supercomm trade show that takes place June 7 to 9 in Chicago.

Products and systems being tested for interoperability include routers, multi-service provisioning platforms, SONET/SDH cross-connects, optical switches, optical add-drop multiplexers (OADMs) and reconfigurable OADMs (ROADMs).

Participating companies include Alcatel, Avici Systems, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu, Huawei Technologies, Lambda Optical Systems, Lucent Technologies, Mahi Networks, Marconi, Nortel, Sycamore Networks and Tellabs. Test equipment is being supplied by Navtel Communications.

Seven carriers are participating, including AT&T, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, NTT Laboratories, Telecom Italia and Verizon. The carrier hosts are providing test facilities, engineering staff and real-time network connectivity continuously from through mid-June.

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