1. ASSIGNED PROJECT NUMBER: 802.1ah

2. SPONSOR DATE OF REQUEST: 2004-01-01

3. TYPE OF DOCUMENT: Standard

4. TITLE OF DOCUMENT: Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks Virtual Bridged Local Area Networks - Amendment 6: Provider Backbone Bridges

5. LIFE CYCLE: Full-Use

6. TYPE OF PROJECT: Amendment P802.1Q

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7. WORKING GROUP INFORMATION

Name of Working Group: IEEE 802.1 Working Group
Approximate Number of Expected Working Group Members: 50

8. CONTACT INFO FOR WORKING GROUP CHAIR

Name of Working Group Chair: Tony Jeffree
Telephone: +44-161-973-4278
FAX: +44-161-973-6534
E-mail: tony@jeffree.co.uk

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10. CONTACT INFO OF SPONSOR

Sponsor: C/LM
Name of Sponsor Chair: Paul Nikolich
Telephone: 857-205-0050
FAX: 781-334-2255
E-mail: p.nikolich@ieee.org

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11. TYPE OF SPONSOR BALLOT: Individual

Expected Date of Submission for Initial Sponsor Ballot: 2006-12-31

12. PROJECTED COMPLETION DATE FOR SUBMITTAL TO REVCOM: 2007-09-31

13. SCOPE: The scope of this standard is to define an architecture and bridge protocols compatible and interoperable with Provider Bridged(1) Network protocols and equipment allowing interconnection of multiple Provider Bridged Networks, to allow scaling to at least 2^20 Service Virtual LANs, and to support management including SNMP.

Completion of this document contingent? Yes
This standard is designed to support Provider Bridges (IEEE P802.1ad).

14. PURPOSE: This standard will complete the future work identified by P802.1ad, by providing a specific means for connecting Provider Bridged Networks. It will enable a Service Provider to scale the number of Service Virtual LANs in a Provider Network by interconnecting the Service Virtual LANs, and provide for interoperability and consistent standards based management.

14a. Reason: This project is intended to facilitate the scaling of Provider Bridged P802.1ad networks using existing Bridged and Virtual Bridged LAN technologies. Despite user demand and initial deployment of LAN-based backbones for connecting P802.1ad networks, there is currently no interoperability between different vendors, nor a coherent management framework for different techniques. Most major carriers, who will be the users of this standard, are currently deploying LAN-based service networks which need to be scaled to meet the demands both of transition from existing leased line service and expansion of multipoint services.

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16. SIMILAR SCOPE: No

17. FUTURE ADOPTION - INTERNATIONAL SPONSOR: No

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