Monday, October 9, 2006

Alcatel Debuts New Ethernet/MPLS Routing Platforms

Alcatel introduced two new platforms: a twelve-slot, 400 Gbps version of its 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS), and a four-slot, 9 Gbps version of its 7710 Service Router (SR), which was launched in March 2006.

The new twelve-slot Alcatel 7450 ESS is a carrier class, Ethernet/MPLS routing platform for high-bandwidth video aggregation in service provider networks. Key features include Alcatel's non-stop routing and non-stop service delivery capabilities. It uses the same operating system and interfaces as the existing Alcatel ESS family of products.

The four-slot version of the Alcatel 7710 SR is a modular, multi-service routing platform that allows high-end verticals and fixed and mobile operators to extend carrier-class attributes to the edges of their IP/MPLS network, where a broad range of access interface types are required.

The Alcatel 7710 SR uses the existing Service Router Operating System (SR-OS) which simplifies operational processes. With this addition, Alcatel's Service Router product line now extends from 9 Gbps to 400 Gbps in capacity.

Both new platforms feature a service-oriented OA&M toolkit plus full element and network management by the Alcatel 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM), which automates operational tasks and thus enhances the speed and efficiency with which new services can be introduced and managed. As well, both products provide comprehensive support for service-based accounting and billing which allows operators to customize invoices based on end-user requirements.

The twelve-slot Alcatel 7450 ESS and the four-slot Alcatel 7710 SR are available in October 2006.

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