Ethernet Service Specifications

The PacketFabric network is an Ethernet-based platform that facilitates direct, private, and secure interconnections between any two or more participants in a cost-effective, reliable, and highly scalable manner.

We do this by implementing MEF-compliant Ethernet carrier technologies and techniques, which are controlled by automation systems that have been developed in-house, specifically for PacketFabric’s network.

For the PDF version of this file, see https://www.packetfabric.com/assets/documents/Ethernet-Service-Specs.pdf.

Interfaces

  • Header
    • Service
    • Service Features
  • Row
    • Interfaces
    • Physical interfaces supported:
      • Gigabit Ethernet
        • 1000BASE-LX (10km)
        • 1000BASE-EX (40km)
        • 1000BASE-ZX (80km)
      • 10 Gigabit Ethernet
        • 10GBASE-LR (10km)
        • 10GBASE-ER (40km)
        • 10GBASE-ZR (80km)
      • 40 Gigabit Ethernet
        • 40GBASE-LR4 (10km)
        • 40GBASE-ER4 (40km)
      • 100 Gigabit Ethernet
        • 100GBASE-CWDM4 (2km)
        • 100GBASE-LR4 (10km)
        • 100GBASE-ER4 (40km)
  • Row
    • Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) support:
      • 9000 bytes tagged frames
      • 9000 bytes untagged frames
  • Row
    • Duplex support:
      1G, 10G, 40G, 100G - Auto-Negotiated/Full Duplex

Ethernet Private Line (EPL) Service

PacketFabric’s Ethernet Private Line (EPL) Service is a more reliable, flexible, and higher bandwidth alternative to traditional private lines. EPL service enables customers to use any VLANs or Ethernet control protocol across the service, without coordination from PacketFabric.

  • Header
    • Service
    • Service Features
  • Row
    • Ethernet Private Line (EPL)
    • Duplex support:
      Tag protocol IDs: 0x88a8, 0x8100, 0x9100
  • Row
    • Supported Ethernet Layer 2 control protocols (L2CP) destination MAC addresses:
      • LACP/LAMP- 01:80:C2:00:00:02
      • Link OAM - 01:80:C2:00:00:02
      • ESMC - 01:80:C2:00:00:02
      • 802.1X-01:80:C2:00:00:03
      • E-LMI - 01:80:C2:00:00:07
      • Provider Bridge Group Address - 01:80:C2:00:00:08
      • Provider Bridge MVRP Address - 01:80:C2:00:00:0D
      • LLDP - 01:80:C2:00:00:0E
      • PTP Peer Delay - 01:80:C2:00:00:0E
  • Row
    • VLAN support:
      VLANs 1-4094 and untagged
  • Row
    • Quality of Service marking:
      • Support preservation of IP precedence/DSCP bits: Yes
      • Support preservation of 802.1p bits: Yes
  • Row
    • MAC addresses per endpoint:
      Unlimited
  • Row
    • Broadcast, Unknown Unicast, Multicast (BUM) traffic support:
      All BUM traffic is transported end-to-end
  • Row
    • Dedicated bandwidth available UNI-to-UNI:
      Yes
  • Row
    • Core/Backbone service resilience:
      EPL service is protected with Node+Link Fast Reroute technology, ensuring sub-50ms service restoration.

Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) Service

PacketFabric’s Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) service provides an Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC) between two customer locations. This is similar to an Ethernet Private Line service, but with the added flexibility to multiplex multiple services (EVCs) on a single UNI at the customer interface.

  • Header
    • Service
    • Service Features
  • Row
    • Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL)
    • Ethernet and IP header support:
      Tag protocol IDs: 0x88a8, 0x8100, 0x9100
  • Row
    • Untagged support:
      Untagged port handoffs are available, the selection of an untagged port means this port is not eligible to be configured for tagged services.
  • Row
    • Tagged VLAN support:
      VLANs 4-4094 are available for handoff at each port
  • Row
    • Quality of Service marking:
      • Support preservation of IP precedence/DSCP bits: Yes
  • Row
    • MAC addresses per endpoint:
      1024
  • Row
    • Broadcast, Unknown Unicast, Multicast (BUM) traffic support:
      Service can consist of 10% BUM traffic
  • Row
    • Dedicated bandwidth available UNI-to-UNI:
      Yes
  • Row
    • Core/Backbone service resilience:
      EVPL service is protected with Node+Link Fast Reroute technology, ensuring sub-50ms service restoration.
  • Row
    • Local port resilience:
      EVPLs may be multihomed to multiple PacketFabric PE devices within the same facility using MC-LAG.