Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Cable & Wireless Selects Tellabs' AssuredEthernet

Cable & Wireless awarded a Metro Ethernet contract to Tellabs for its "AssuredEthernet" solution. Cable & Wireless' Next Generation Network (NGN) deployment will include the Tellabs 8800 multi- service router series for delivering Ethernet services with differentiated service level agreements. The platforms will also be used for the migration of Ethernet, Frame Relay, Time Division Multiplex (TDM), ATM and IP onto a single, converged network.

The contract is the first to be awarded by Cable & Wireless as it begins provisioning its Next Generation Network. Cable & Wireless has also issued the tender for its IP core and would anticipate awarding the contract before the autumn. Further tenders for other key elements of the network, including optical network and voice over IP infrastructure, will be issued in due course.

  • Last month, Cable & Wireless announced its £190 million investment in its own NGN to transform its entire core and edge network, the second largest in the UK, to next generation topology. Cable & Wireless said the benefits will include an enhanced ability to offer market-leading IP services; reduce operating costs; accommodate significant growth in traffic; and give our customers the chance to migrate to new services ahead of the equivalent transformation outlined by BT.

  • Earlier this month, Tellabs introduced an entry-price multiservice router (MSR) designed for business-class IP, FR, ATM, Ethernet and TDM/Private Line services at the edge of an IP/MPLS network. The new Tellabs 8830 MSR, which is part of the company's larger Tellabs 8800 MSR line, is multi-service platform that can aggregate ATM, Ethernet, Frame Relay, and TDM services and perform interworking services among these same services, either through the IP/MPLS backbone or in native form. Key features include: A single Universal Line Card (ULC) that accepts a flexible set of different Physical Line Modules (PLMs) spanning DS-3 to OC-192/STM-64 or 10 GigE. The line cards use Tellabs' 10 Gbps custom ASIC for high-density per-flow queuing; ANYPort software-defined service edge enabling any port or channel to be configured in software-only to provide IP, FR, ATM, PPP, HDLC, MPLS or TDM; Scalable single-stage, low-latency design to achieve 80 Gbps in a single shelf; Fully non-blocking switching architecture