Ethernet Alliance High-Fives 200G/400G IEEE 802.3bs Spec

Created January 9, 2018
Applications and Research

Ethernet adoption pressure group the Ethernet Alliance (EA) has commended the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group on the approval of the optically-oriented IEEE 802.3bs™ standard for Ethernet Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers, and Management Parameters for 200 Gigabits/s and 400 Gbits/s Operation.

According to the EA, the specification of 200 GbE and 400 GbE operation across various interconnects will help satisfy mounting bandwidth demands from cloud-scale datacentres, Internet exchanges, co-location services, service provider networks, and other bandwidth intensive application spaces. At the same time it will deliver better economies of scale and lower cost-per-port performance.

“IEEE 802.3bs represents a transformational moment in the move to next generation of networks. The delivery of 200G and 400G is arriving just in time to meet growing needs for reliable, high-speed connectivity from a diverse array of applications and markets,” opines John D’Ambrosia, Chairman, Ethernet Alliance, and Senior Principal Engineer, Huawei. “The exceptional effort resulting in the completion of this standard is only the start of the industry’s investment in the networks of tomorrow. We’ve laid a firm foundation for 200G and 400G with our early interoperability demonstrations and plugfests, but it’s time to kick things into high gear. The real work of testing and verifying multivendor interoperability begins now, and the Ethernet Alliance is ready. We look forward to building on past successes, and helping accelerate 200G and 400G Ethernet’s rollout and adoption.”

John Williamson

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by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.