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Press Release -- March 17th, 2015
Source: BTI Systems

BTI Systems Demonstrates Interoperability with Industry-First Optical Transport Platform with Converged MPLS Core Routing

EANTC Test Results Showcased at MPLS SDN World Congress 2015

Designed for a Converged Metro Cloud, BTI’s Solution Simplifies Large-Scale Operations, Lowers Costs and Improves Network Utilization

PARIS, March 17, 2015

BTI Systems, a market-leading provider of cloud and metro networking software and systems to content and service providers around the world, today announced results completed at the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) demonstrating interoperability between the BTI 7800 Intelligent Cloud Connect platform and products from Cisco, ZTE and another leading router vendor. BTI is the first company to converge Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) core routing functions with a full-featured optical transport platform and provisioned via Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF), delivering simplified operations, improved network efficiency and “pay as you grow” scale to increase service agility while significantly lowering CAPEX and OPEX costs.

The results were unveiled today and will be highlighted at the MPLS SDN World Congress, V6 World Congress and NFV & SDN Summit 2015, taking place March 17-20 in Paris. EANTC is an internationally recognized objective test center that provides vendor-neutral network performance test facilities for manufacturers, service providers and enterprise customers.

A recent study by Bell Labs showed that converging routing and optical transport technologies enables operators to meet the same requirements for service availability while utilizing up to 40 percent less networking resources. BTI’s approach to converge MPLS core routing features with an optical transport platform – contrasted with an approach that adds optical interfaces to core routers – reduces costs by (1) capping router ports, (2) improving overall network utilization and efficiencies, and (3) reducing multiple devices and associated operational, space and power costs. Additionally, further efficiencies are gained because the BTI 7800 Series Intelligent Cloud Connect supports open SDN-enabled management and control via NETCONF for automation, programmability and more rapid services turn-up.

The First Optical Transport Platform To Converge MPLS Core Routing

The BTI 7800 Series, introduced in 2013 and now deployed in all major data center hubs around the world, was purpose-built for rapidly evolving metro cloud and data center interconnect networks, and optimized for 100G performance, capacity and scale.

Massive and explosive growth in IP network traffic driven by cloud computing, video and mobility applications will be tripling over the next 5 years and reaching 1.6 zettabytes by 2018 according to Cisco, with the relatively faster-growing metro traffic accounting for nearly two-thirds of total traffic by 2018. Providers not only need high-capacity 100G network connections in the metro, they also need to fill them more efficiently to run their networks hotter and optimize performance. Big, dumb point-to-point pipes are not enough; they need to converge intelligent packet capabilities and network automation, as well as support ring and mesh network topologies.

Integrating rich packet capabilities with optical transport, managed in an open, SDN-enabled converged networking platform, allows providers to: reduce complexities by flattening the network; lower the overall cost-per-bit; greatly simplify network operations; increase services agility, reliability and performance; and deliver a more efficient network infrastructure, adding the right routing features to a highly scalable optical platform. By implementing open standards and ensuring interoperability with existing network elements – such as core and edge routers – cloud and service providers can repurpose existing routers and deploy a more optimized solution for applications requiring intelligent switching of packets, such as metro cloud and data center interconnection.

Multi-Vendor Interoperability Showcase Results

The multi-vendor collaboration, tested by EANTC, demonstrated the BTI 7800 Series’ abilities to support MPLS Fast Reroute (FRR) for network resiliency and SDN provisioning with NETCONF.

NETCONF is an IETF-defined standard control protocol that allows management applications to configure network elements in real-time, significantly improving the speed of service delivery. The BTI 7800 Series NETCONF interface is implemented as a full YANG model, providing native integration with SDN architectures and significantly simplifying the development of complex management applications. In the EANTC NETCONF Provisioning Test, the BTI 7800 was centrally configured using a Cisco Tail-f NETCONF client, providing automated network configuration.

The results of the tests highlight that the BTI 7800 optical transport platform with MPLS core routing and NETCONF support is able to interpret the specs and behavior of other vendor equipment, demonstrating multi-vendor interoperability across both control and data planes in an open networking environment.

The full results are available in the EANTC white paper:


The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) is one of the leading vendor-neutral telecommunication consultancy and test facilities worldwide. EANTC’s customers are network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises. Primary business areas include interoperability, conformance, and performance testing for Carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS, Mobile backhaul and core networks, SDN/NFV, Triple Play and cloud data center technologies and applications. For more information contact Carsten Rossenhoevel, Managing Director, at +49.30.3180595-0 or via E-mail at

About BTI Systems

BTI delivers solutions that transform the economics, performance and innovation of global networks through intelligent networking software and systems. Leading content, cloud and service providers choose BTI to drive improved operational efficiencies and profitably deliver high-value services to businesses and consumers around the globe. With more than 380 customers, BTI is headquartered in North America, and operates regional sales, marketing, and R&D centers of excellence throughout the world. For more information, visit

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