Agilent Introduces Comprehensive Service Test, Assurance Solutions

6/22/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the industry's most comprehensive service test and assurance solutions for converging network infrastructures. The tools being demonstrated enable component and network equipment manufacturers and service providers to make comprehensive quality of service (QoS) and performance measurements, allowing them to design, test and operate next-generation integrated voice and data networks.

Today's communications networks are converging into a single infrastructure designed to reduce costs and enable new services. A key industry challenge is achieving high QoS for the latest technologies on converged networks. To address this challenge, Agilent is introducing the following products today:

The Agilent N2X
The Agilent N2X is the industry's most comprehensive multiservices test solution for converging voice and data networks. The N2X combines leading-edge services testing with carrier-grade infrastructure testing and emulation to enable end-to-end testing of new services. Service offerings such as metro Ethernet, IP/VPN and L2oMPLS for ATM can be tested over the latest converged infrastructure standards, including multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), IPv6 and next-generation SONET. More information about the Agilent N2X is available at

"Service providers deliver Ethernet services over different layers and technologies and see QoS as their biggest technical challenge in deploying new data services," said Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "The N2X's capability to test multiservices on multilayer networks from end to end is unrivaled and helps component and equipment manufacturers develop precise products that solve the QoS challenge. The N2X is an invaluable tool for service providers in the transition from legacy to next-generation networks."

The Agilent OSS MPLS QoS Manager for Managed Services
The Agilent OSS MPLS QoS Manager is an assurance solution that enables telecommunication providers to monitor the quality and network performance of VPN managed services by gathering data from active testing and Cisco VPN network elements. The solution's real-time problem detection, performance reports and service level agreement (SLA) reporting provide insight to network health and performance, and transport QoS variables such as jitter, packet loss and latency. MPLS QoS Manager lets service providers correct potential problems before customers or SLAs are affected.

Measurement Capabilities for OmniBER OTN
Agilent also announced advanced generic framing procedure (GFP), Ethernet payload, virtual concatenation (VCat), and link capacity adjustment scheme (LCAS) analysis capabilities for the OmniBER OTN, an NG SONET analyzer. Developed in partnership with leading-edge component suppliers and network equipment manufacturers, these second-phase measurements give design and test engineers more complete insight into standards conformance and QoS performance, and help resolve multivendor interoperability problems. More information about the OmniBER OTN is available at

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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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