The IEEE today announced that IEEE P802.1Qay, connection-oriented technology for next-generation service provider networks, has completed the IEEE sponsor ballot process and entered the final phase of ratification. This means that the Working Group has achieved technical agreement on P802.1Qay, which adapts Ethernet technology to the role of providing carrier-class packet transport networks, and has handed it over to the IEEE Standards Board for a final review of the standardization process.

IEEE P802.1Qay is designed for:

• Traffic engineering and resiliency

• Secure, deterministic delivery

• Service scalability

• Operational simplicity

• Service and transport layer independence

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