Israel’s ECI Telecom today introduced its family of Native Packet Transport (NPT) platforms that address operator challenges when migrating to or building new packet transport networks (PTN). According to the company, “The new platforms bring multidimensional flexibility and unified multilayer management for the metro markets.” The NPT family (including the NPT-1020, NPT-1200, NPT-1600, NPT-1600C and the NPT-1800) is optimized for the diversified metro space to guarantee the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for the network’s entire lifecycle, it adds, and it is managed by ECI’s LightSoft network management system for a unified, multilayer management system for MPLS, WDM and TDM… Spirent Communications has joined forces with Indiana University’s Software Defined Networking (SDN)/OpenFlow research organization, InCNTRE to develop the conformance test suites within OFTest, an open source based test solution for OpenFlow networks. With Spirent’s support, InCNTRE researchers developed conformance test suites for OFTest, a Python-based conformance-testing framework, built on Open Networking Foundation’s OpenFlow standards…Fujitsu’s next generation of its NETSMART 1500 software “simplifies and accelerates” Ethernet service provisioning, traffic engineering and service assurance. Using Graphical User Interface-driven tools with standardized Metro Ethernet Forum terminology, advanced route selection of Connection Oriented Ethernet (COE) paths “becomes a point-and-click operation, enabling operators to deploy revenue-generating Ethernet services more quickly than ever,” it adds. The software manages all layers of a packet optical network integrating SONET, SDH, ROADM and COE into a single network-management app…Ill.-based Molex Incorporated added Quick-Turn Line (QTL) Cable Assemblies to its support portfolio to provide rapid order processing and shipping on custom length optical cable assemblies. The QTL assemblies reportedly shorten lead times for customers requiring small to medium-sized orders of Molex optical cable assemblies. Molex optical QTL cable assemblies are RoHS compliant and IL/RL factory certified…Centina Systems, a provider of service-assurance and service-quality management solutions for communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide, has released NetOmnia 5.0 that comes with pre-integrated support for 550+ different device types from 100+ vendors along with enhanced workflow management, advanced reporting and dashboards, and flexible SLA management…Amdocs now is offering Amdocs BSS Advance and Amdocs Business Building Blocks. Amdocs BSS Advance provides a holistic view of the customer, and it features an embedded integration and implementation layer to reduce time to production, the company says. Amdocs Business Building Blocks is a catalog of pre-tested, pre-integrated innovative use-case scenarios service providers can deploy to speed new services to market. The company also unveiled the Amdocs Product Lifecycle Management solution that centralizes and automates a service provider’s internal workflow processes…Adax, which provides high-performance packet-processing, security and network infrastructure, is marketing the Adax GTP-AMC, a GTP-U acceleration card for LTE networks. The card uses an advanced on-board multicore processor to support as many as 32,500 GTP PDP contexts per card; it also supports GTP-U termination, bypass and relay.

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