Agilent Technologies introduces industry-first channelized DS3 interface for testing metro/edge IP services

12/10/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced industry-first RouterTester tools for testing the ability of lower-speed DS3 channelized equipment to deliver IP services to large numbers of metro/edge customers. This will now enable the verification of equipment handling multi-speed, multi-protocol routed traffic from thousands of users at one time, reducing testing costs.

Channelized equipment permits providers to expand their potential customer base by allowing routers to deliver IP services, such as VPNs, to all users, regardless of their network access speed. Channelized interfaces are used to aggregate large numbers of individualized customer DS3, DS1 and DS0 links. The new RouterTester interface card contains six test ports, for testing of up to 1,344 channels per card. Each of these test channels can transmit and receive integrated wire speed traffic and routing protocol test streams for capture and analysis. The interface can be configured for support of DS3 (framed and unframed), DS1, Fractional DS1 and DS0 testing. Beta customers for the product include Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks.

"Use of channelized equipment to increase access and aggregate traffic is the key to speeding deployment and increasing the attractiveness of metro/edge IP services to many customers," said Bill Wood, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Advanced Networks Division. "But until now, there was no way to independently verify the ability of this equipment to handle multi-speed, multi-protocol routed traffic from thousands of users at one time."

The interface offers PPP and Cisco HDLC encapsulation of IP packets; support for routing (BGP, OSPF, ISIS, RIP) protocols on every channel; and multi-channel IP Packet and PRBS generation and performance analysis, including channel and stream statistics.

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About RouterTester
RouterTester is the industry's only test solution capable of simulating an environment that accurately reflects the potential scale, complexity and volatility of today's IP networks and services. RouterTester offers Ethernet, POS and ATM test interfaces ranging from 10/100 Ethernet through 10 GbE (LAN and WAN Phy) and OC-192c/STM-64c Packet Over SONET/SDH. Agilent RouterTester can be used to emulate a variety of traffic encapsulations including IPv4, IPv6, MPLS and PPP; a complete spectrum of unicast and multicast routing stacks including BGP-4, OSPF and IS-IS; and MPLS signaling protocols, including RSVP-TE and LDP/CR-LDP.

The interface card and beta software are available to customers now. Release software upgrades will ship to customers in the first quarter of 2003.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 36,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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