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Ethernet Alliance Demos Innovative Ethernet Optics at ECOC 2018

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Nearly a dozen top Ethernet tech leaders unite to showcase Ethernet's
ongoing evolution and expansion with interactive multivendor
interoperability demo

The Ethernet
Alliance
, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and
advancement of Ethernet technologies, today announced details of its
multivendor interoperability demo at ECOC
2018
. With the leading European conference in the field of optical
communication as a backdrop, the Ethernet Alliance's display will play
host to a broad array of the latest optical Ethernet technologies at
speeds of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to 400GbE, presented by nearly a
dozen of the Ethernet Alliance's members from across the Ethernet
ecosystem. The Ethernet Alliance's demo can be experienced in booth 618
on the ECOC 2018 expo floor, September 23 – 27, 2018, in Rome, Italy.

"Optical Ethernet technologies are on an upward trajectory, with higher
speeds and new form factors delivering robust performance while
remaining true to the true secret of its success: unparalleled
interoperability. From switches, to NICs, to the latest in test and
measurement solutions, the Ethernet Alliance's ECOC 2018 demo highlights
the best interoperable Ethernet technologies that the ecosystem has to
offer," said David Estes, technical lead, Ethernet Alliance ECOC 2018;
and senior hardware engineer, Spirent Communications plc. "We're pleased
to have so many of Ethernet Alliance member companies participating in
this year's demo and we look forward to an exciting event."

With continued rapid advancement of the IEEE 802™ family of standards,
the Ethernet Alliance is the industry leader in supporting and promoting
Ethernet interoperability on a global scale. Encompassing one of the
widest lineups of 400GbE optics seen to-date, the Ethernet Alliance's
ECOC 2018 demo features state-of-the-art PAM4 optical gear and
electronics. Among key elements in the group's display are diverse
technologies including routers, switches, Active Optical Cables (AOCs)
and Direct Attach Cables (DACs), interconnects, test and measurement
equipment, and more. The organization's display, showcasing multiple
cutting-edge PAM4-based Ethernet optics, includes 50GbE, 100GbE, 200GbE,
and 400GbE, spanning 100m to 40km, and various form factors such as
CFP8, OSFP, QSFP28, and QSFP-DD.

Attracting participation from dynamic Ethernet technology developers and
solutions providers, the Ethernet Alliance's ECOC 2018 interactive
display includes contributions from 11 member companies, including
Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH);
Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET);
CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM),
EXFO, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO);
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.; Keysight Technologies (NASDAQ: KEYS);
Source Photonics, Inc.; Spirent Communications (LSE: SPT.L);
TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL);
Tektronix, Inc; and Viavi Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV).

"Ethernet is going farther and faster than at any point previously in
its 45-year history – there are so many exciting things happening, like
the progress being made in PAM4 technologies. With emerging applications
and markets being fueled by higher speeds, Ethernet is driving
game-changing innovations across the whole of the technology landscape,
from data centers, to campus and enterprises, down to the guy who's
streaming movies on his smartphone," said John D'Ambrosia, chairman,
Ethernet Alliance. "By bringing together disparate vendors across the
Ethernet ecosystem for one unified demo, the Ethernet Alliance is
helping to shine a light on the rapidly coalescing base that will
support the emerging 50G to 400G Ethernet ecosystem. We're proud to have
been there supporting every step of Ethernet's journey, and we look
forward to the road ahead."

Collectible printed copies of the Ethernet Alliance 2018 Ethernet
Roadmap will be available at its booth, #618 on the expo floor. Digital
copies are also available for download at the group's website.

To follow the latest Ethernet Alliance ECOC 2018 news and events, please
follow #ECOC18
and #EthernetRoadmap
on Twitter.

To experience the Ethernet Alliance live multi-vendor demo at ECOC 2018,
please visit booth number 618 on the expo floor; for live Twitter
updates, please follow the #ECOC18
hashtag. For more information about the Ethernet Alliance, please visit http://www.ethernetalliance.org,
follow @EthernetAllianc
on Twitter, visit its Facebook
page, or join its LinkedIn
group.

About
the Ethernet Alliance

The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and
component vendors, industry experts, and university and government
professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion
of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards
to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new
Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education.

Additional Quotes:

"Being that this is the first time the Ethernet Alliance has had a booth
with live demo at ECOC this year, Amphenol is very excited to be
participating. The Ethernet Alliance live demo will once again be
demonstrating Ethernet's wide range of interoperability, flexibility and
configurability with links up to 400Gb/s. The demos the EA puts together
are always interesting and enlightening, showcasing Ethernet equipment
from multiple vendors across the spectrum of data centers being set up
today. Amphenol will be showcasing our latest QSFP28, QSFP-DD and OSFP
connectors, cages and Direct Attach copper Cables (DACs)." – Greg
McSorley, technical business
development manager, Amphenol

"Arista is pleased to participate with the Ethernet Alliance,
demonstrating multi-vendor interoperability with our next generation
systems for both 100G and 400G with industry standard optics and cables.
The migration to higher density 400G systems will enable hyper scale
cloud data centers to realize greater network performance, power and
cost advantages for bandwidth intensive AI and machine learning
applications." – Christophe Metivier, vice president,
manufacturing and platform engineering, Arista Networks

"As an industry innovator, EXFO is excited to participate in the
Ethernet Alliance's interoperability event at ECOC 2018. The objective
of our demonstration is to show visitors a live 400G Ethernet connection
featuring the emerging QSFP-DD 400G interface. This demo is supported by
EXFO's newly released 400G test solution, featuring our innovative Open
Transceiver System (OTS) – a flexible, integrated modular design
enabling any transceiver interface to fit the EXFO test set. Answering
today's full 400G ecosystem needs, it's a solution built to evolve at
the fast pace of the transceiver market." – Stéphane Chabot, vice
president, test and measurement,
EXFO

"Huawei is an ardent supporter of the Ethernet Alliance and its
mission to accelerate industry adoption of Ethernet standards.
We will be a proud participant in the Ethernet Alliance ECOC 2018
demonstration that features 50 Gb/s PAM4 technology. The Huawei X-Haul
5G transport solution, which will be part of the Ethernet Alliance
demonstration, is based on 50Gb/s PAM4 technology, and targets access,
aggregating and core networks. And the evolution of mature solutions
targeting 10km for 50GbE and 400GbE to emerging 40km standards will give
Ethernet a complete portfolio needed for 5G transport networks. Such
solutions will be needed to support the greater bandwidth demand at
lower cost per gigabyte that will be needed in the 5G era." – Jeffrey
Gao, president, router and carrier Ethernet product line, Huawei

"Ixia, a Keysight Business, is proud to contribute to Ethernet
Alliance's 400GE interoperability demonstrations at ECOC 2018. This
year's demonstrations showcase progress that the industry has made in
the 400GE ecosystem and illustrate advances in interoperability with
OSFP and QSFP-DD interface technologies as the MSA specifications in
which we participate continue to mature. Joining with other
industry-leading companies, we are pleased to demonstrate our field
proven, high speed networking test products." – Ram Periakaruppan,
vice
president, product development, Ixia Solutions Group,
Keysight Technologies, Inc
.

"Source Photonics is excited to participate in the Ethernet Alliance
2018 ECOC demonstration showcasing optical transceivers with PAM4
technology supporting the industry's migration to the next higher
networking speed. The demonstration of optical transceivers with the
latest 50G and 400G technology of our portfolio and demonstrates the
readiness of this technology for wide-scale deployment by connecting
networking equipment of various OEMs with optical transceivers with life
traffic." – Ed Ulrichs, director PLM, Source Photonics

"As the demand for more data and higher speeds continues to increase,
Spirent is continually developing new solutions for testing 400G
capabilities throughout the network. In this demonstration with the
Ethernet Alliance, Spirent will showcase its leadership in testing
400-Gigabit Ethernet. Spirent has the most flexible, highest density,
and highest performance 400GbE test modules supporting multiple form
factors to ensure network interoperability, performance, and
availability." – Abhitesh Kastuar, general manager, cloud and IP
business unit, Spirent Communications

"TE Connectivity is pleased to be a core member of the Ethernet Alliance
demonstration at ECOC ‘18 in Rome, Italy this year. The industry is
preparing for the transition to 400Gbps-based networks. TE and the
Ethernet Alliance are providing the industry leadership to enable that
to happen. By hosting events such as the multi-member ECOC demo, we are
showing the interoperable Ethernet solutions that are coming to market.
TE is empowering this event with our world class connectivity solutions
that provide the bandwidth, density, thermal management and signal
integrity performance required for the next generation of cloud and
enterprise applications in networking, storage and compute
deployments. This includes our QSFP-DD, OSFP ports and cables as well as
the backplane and power interconnects that enable the industry to
address the 400Gbps transition reliably. Partnering with the Ethernet
Alliance allows us to be at the forefront of requirement-setting for big
data and high-speed applications." – Erin Byrne, chief
technology officer, data and devices business unit, TE Connectivity

"At the ECOC Ethernet Alliance booth, Tektronix is demonstrating device
interoperability through the high-fidelity capture of a 100 Gb/s PAM4
signal from members of the Ethernet Alliance. Interoperability and
real-time access to data are foundations for next generation networking
in support of disruptive applications, such as artificial intelligence
and automated decision-making. Tektronix is a supporter of the Ethernet
Alliance and their goal to deliver a robust ecosystem, and a strong
enabler of the industry for 50G, 100G, 200G and 400G PAM4 standards." – Jon
Baldwin, vice president and general manager, wideband solutions business
unit, Tektronix, Inc.

"We are delighted to showcase the Viavi ONT 400G with our colleagues at
the EA booth at ECOC, the technical challenges for 400G, from QSFP-DD
through PAM-4 and FEC can be quickly tested, debugged and validated with
the unique ONT applications. As 400G transitions to prime time the
critical impacts of FEC, PCS and phy layer margin and interoperability
will require deeper insight and multi-domain tools, Viavi is ready to
help the whole 400G ecosystem, from chips to systems to move to prime
time" – Paul Brooks, 400G technology lead, VIAVI Solutions

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