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Press Release -- March 18th, 2014
Source: Huawei

Huawei, EANTC, and Ixia Conducted the Industry’s First 1T Line Card Test

[Paris, France, March 18, 2014]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced today that the 1T line card of its core router demonstrated line rate performance in the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) independent performance validation. Huawei is excited to show another major breakthrough after demonstrating line rate performance for the 400G line card which achieved 6.4Tbit/s in another test in 2013.

The 1T line card of Huawei’s router includes two types of ports: 8 100GE ports and 24 40GE ports. Ixia, a leading IP network verification solution provider based in California, provided its high capacity XG12 chassis along side Xcellon Lava40/100-GigabitEthernet test modules. Having a deep understanding of carrier services and with years of accumulation in test methods, EANTC designed a series of test cases for forwarding, network convergence, power consumption, and function and conducted the test on simulated carrier networks.

Huawei’s routing performance was extraordinary, setting the benchmark for the industry. In performance, the 1T line card realized full line speed of over 128 bytes. The power consumption of the 1T card was half of the industry level. In network convergence, BGP IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack realized convergence of 110 thousand routes per second, three times the industry level. The test of the NE5000E, fully loaded with a combination of 10x10GbE, 4x100GbE and 8x100GbE demonstrated that the NE5000E architecture was both advanced, scalable, and could smoothly evolve to 1TB, protecting customer investments.

As service providers are dealing with an ongoing explosion of subscribers’ bandwidth consumption increase, providing an independent verification that new line cards will meet their bandwidth and power efficiency demands helps shorten the procurement process and therefore shortens the roll-out cycles” said Carsten Rossenhövel, the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) managing director. “We were able to verify that Huawei LPUI-1T line card performed at full line rate in our 8x100GbE and 24x40GbE test environment. In addition, we used the ATIS specified methodology to measure the power efficiency of the LPUI-1T 8x 100GbE and measured 667 watts of modular power consumption.”

Naveen Bhat, Vice President and General Manager of Ixia Asia Pacific said: “We are pleased to cooperate with Huawei for the LPUI-1T line card test which is the latest development for Huawei’s NE5000E core router. The testing was performed using Ixia’s High Speed Ethernet testing product – Xcellon which offers the industry’s highest port density for 100 GE, 40 GE and 10 GE testing. Huawei’s NE5000E core router with the LPUI-1T line card has proven to offer leading edge performance and scalability. As a global leader in IP testing, we are looking forward to cooperating further with Huawei to test and verify their new products and solutions.”

Commenting on the test results, Zha Jun, President of Huawei’s Fixed Network Business Unit, said: “After deploying commercial 400G routers globally in 2013, Huawei has again passed the industry’s first 1 TB line card test, showing that Huawei’s core router platform is capable of evolving from 400G to 1 TB and can help customer tackle various challenges and protect their investments, meeting customer’s demands in ultra broadband era.”

To date, Huawei’s NE5000E 400G routers were used by 56 customers around the world, including MegaFon of Russia, Mobily of Saudi Arabia, True and DTAC of Thailand. According to Infonetics’ report, Huawei’s market share keeps increasing at the highest speed.

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