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Ethernet OAM: keep an eye on your network

  • 24 juillet 2020

Steve Lépine

Product Specialist, Transport and Datacom

Steve Lépine is an expert in Ethernet and Fibre Channel technologies. He has over 18 years of experience with EXFO in T&D. Steve was involved for 15 years as FPGA designer in R&D. He is currently a Product Specialist. Steve is a key contributor in the development of several test applications for high-profile product lines such as the NetBlazer, Power Blazer and BV series. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Microelectronics from Université du Quebec à Montréal (UQAM).

François Marcotte

Senior Applications Engineer, EXFO

François Marcotte is a Senior Applications Engineer currently working at EXFO in Montreal, Canada. With more than 28 years in the telecommunication industry, he began his career at Bell Canada as an installer and repair man. He was involved in QAM HFC system design and integration in early 90’s.

Over the years, François has developed strong knowledge on Ethernet, MPEG, OTN and optical transport. He is continuously working with customers as a technical advisor for Ethernet, optical transport testing, performances test procedure and training. François is involved with product definition at EXFO for Ethernet and optical transport product. He is also a regular speaker in various seminars in North America.

François graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, as an Electrical Engineer.


Get up to speed on Ethernet Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) standards. As networks become increasingly sophisticated, effective management capabilities become a necessity. Reliability, availability, fast failover and recovery testing are all very important parameters that service providers and carriers rely on to ensure service-level agreements (SLA). By injecting OAM data packets into the normal stream at layer 2, it is possible for endpoints to process them and assess performance.

This webinar covers all aspects of troubleshooting, connectivity fault management and performance monitoring functionality as specified in the IEEE 802.3ah, 802.1g and ITU-T Y.1731 standards. Networks must be properly configured to support all the features offered by OAM. However, this can only be achieved by thoroughly testing all the parameters mentioned herein.

Key takeaways:

  • How to efficiently troubleshoot network performance issues
  • The importance of monitoring network performance
  • Understanding Ethernet Service OAM
  • What do the ITU-T Y.1731 and IEEE 802.3ah standards define
  • The basics of Carrier Ethernet

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