Agilent Demonstrates MPLS OSS Service Assurance Solution at MSF

10/18/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced its successful participation at Global MSF Interoperability (GMI) 2004, a test event organized by the Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) to demonstrate a deployable and operationally ready IP telephony network with network management, enhanced quality of service (QoS) and security features. Agilent participated at the event's U.K. test site at British Telecom's Ipswich laboratory.

Agilent participated in the test event with its OSS service assurance solution: the Agilent OSS MPLS QoS Manager for Managed Services product and the MPLS network discovery tool. Agilent also used its Network Analyzer product to analyze the protocol exchange over the core network links.

Participants used the MPLS QoS Manager to check the quality of service of the various traffic streams across the MPLS core network, each marked by a specific class of service. The MPLS QoS Manager helped test whether the service guarantee required by each of these service classes could be met across the network.

The MPLS QoS Manager enables telecommunication providers to monitor the service quality and network performance of virtual private network (VPN) managed services. Gathering data from active testing and network elements, the solution's real-time, proactive problem management improves QoS and customer satisfaction. Its real-time service level agreement (SLA) and performance reports result in maximum revenue and reduced operational costs.

Agilent's IP/MPLS topology discovery tool helped identify the detailed routing topology of the traffic-engineered MPLS network, including all the IP nodes connected to the core, and also pinpointed the primary and backup RSVP-TE LSPs running across the network. This way, it was possible to ensure that all the LSPs were up and running as expected with no configuration problems.

The Network Analyzer product was used to troubleshoot a variety of network issues while setting up the VoIP over MPLS network.

"Service providers are looking to their OSS vendors for strong, reliable solutions so they can steadily move toward a converged packet network core and add new services and technologies around it," said Giorgio Dina, Agilent OSS vice president and general manager. "Agilent's wireline and MPLS OSS service assurance solution portfolio provides them with the means to successfully achieve this goal."

About GMI 2004
Global MSF Interoperability (GMI) 2004 tested a deployable and operationally-ready VoIP network with services, applications, network management, enhanced quality of service (QoS) and security features. Being held October 4-16, GMI 2004 was hosted by major carriers in North America, the UK, Japan and Korea. Each test site was connected by live network facilities, creating a realistic test environment to examine the interoperability and deployment of multi-service, next-generation networks on a global scale. GMI 2004 tested application servers, media servers, service brokers, call agents, bandwidth managers and other control and management systems against the specific protocols defined in MSF Interoperability Agreements (IAs).

Agilent in Communications
Agilent Technologies is a leading provider of components, test, measurement, monitoring and management solutions for the communications industry. Agilent enables designers, manufacturers and service providers to accelerate the delivery of next-generation devices, networks and services. Agilent's broad set of solutions and services includes optical, wireless, Internet and broadband technologies that span the entire communications life cycle.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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