Anthony Magee Posts by Anthony Magee

Anthony Magee is a Principal Engineer within ADVA Optical Networking’s Advanced Technology team, responsible for synchronization and packet encapsulation techniques for Carrier Ethernet. As part of his role, Anthony plays an important role within standards discussions, and attends and monitors activities within IEEE 802.3/802.1, ITU and IETF. Recently, Anthony participated on Technology Strategy Board (UK Government funded) projects and collaboration activities investigating high speed Internet access.

MPLS-TP: Winning the Protocol Wars at MPLS & Ethernet World Congress 2010

At the recent MPLS conference in Paris, MPLS-TP was a hot topic, what is the reason behind the success of MPLS-TP and why has PBB-TE proven so far to be unsuccessful? Also in this blog I explore whether there is a place for PBB in the network?
PBB-TE offered to give network operators a scalable, statically configured traffic engineered path through the network, and by complimenting this with OAM features such as Connectivity Fault Management (CFM/IEEE 802.1ag) the plan was that a carrier class transport protocol would be unleashed based on Ethernet. PBB-TE was standardised in 2009 as IEEE 802.1Qay. Read the full post

Ubiquitous Data Communications – Synchronization & Aggregation

I write this, my first blog, while sitting in a presentation on the ‘Smart Grid’ project which is underway in the US. This project aims to equip the domestic and commercial power grid in the US with tools to support two way power distribution (from and to utility companies), aid power monitoring via distributed meter reading and promote energy conservation. The plan is to deploy IPv6 to millions of Smart Grid devices over the next 3-4 years. Ethernet is acknowledged as a key component of the Smart Grid concept.

Recently I attended the International Telecommunications Synchronization Forum (ITSF) in Rome. A key topic of debate at that meeting was the use of Femtocells in the mobile communications market. Some proposals at ITSF suggested there would be billions of end devices eventually in the network many of which would require synchronization albeit to various amounts of accuracy.

Factory and industrial automation, intelligent traffic management systems, health care monitoring in the home, and mobile backhaul are other examples which add to the synchronization requirements.

So what are the common threads?

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