Juniper demonstrates 100 GbE interoperability

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BANGALORE, INDIA: Juniper Networks, Infinera, Opnext and Finisar compaleted a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) interoperability demonstration at OFC, showing the ability to pass 100GigE traffic between a router and optical transport system using two different CFP optical transceivers implementing the IEEE 802.3ba 100GBASE-LR4 draft standard.


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The demonstration will be showcased at The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) and The National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) in San Diego, today.

The demonstration features a Juniper Networks T1600 core router and an Infinera DTN optical system exchanging 100 GigE traffic using 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) CFP pluggable optical transceiver modules from Finisar and Opnext.


The 100 GigE signals are generated by test sets supplied by Exfo and Ixia. The demonstration also includes Reflex Photonics’ 100GBASE-SR10 CFP modules.

Use of interoperable pluggable modules from these industry leaders marks an important step towards implementing the IEEE’s 802.3ba draft standard and the CFP multi-source agreement (MSA).

The availability and interoperability of pluggable CFP modules from multiple vendors will be key to driving economic price points and widespread deployment of 100 Gigabit Ethernet networking equipment such as routers, switches and optical transport gear.


Service providers see an increasing need for 100 GigE networks as bandwidth demand continues to grow, driven by trends such as video and cloud computing.

The Infinera DTN 100 Gigabit Ethernet tributary interface and the Juniper 100 Gigabit Ethernet physical interface card in this demonstration are the latest prototypes and are fully compliant with the most recent IEEE 802.3ba draft specification and CFP MSA.

The Juniper Networks T1600 is the only core router on the market today delivering 100 Gbps of slot capacity, a feature necessary to support 100 GigE. The Infinera ILS line system is the only optical line system deployed today that is capable of delivering 100 Gigabit Ethernet transport services.