Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent Enhances IP/MPLS Portfolio for Wireless Operators

Alcatel-Lucent enhanced its IP/MPLS service router portfolio with the addition of new hardware and software capabilities aimed at next- generation mobile services. The enhancements deliver improvements in the efficiency, capacity, density, reliability and resiliency of networks supporting broadband wireless services.

Alcatel-Lucent said key beneficiaries of these enhancements to its IP/MPLS portfolio include operators of CDMA-based mobile networks, who are looking for ways to simplify and consolidate their legacy radio access network (RAN) backhaul infrastructures in order to reduce operational complexity and total cost of ownership. The capabilities announced today in the 7710/7750 SR platforms enable the consolidation of multiple pairs of aggregation routers and multi-layer switches into a single pair of Service Routers - significantly reducing operational complexity. As a result, CDMA operators are able to reduce their footprint and power consumption, and hence their operating costs.

New product innovations -- which enhance interface flexibility for increased network efficiency, capacity and density for mobile network environments -- include:

  • 4-port Channelized DS3/E3 Any Service Any Port (ASAP) Media Dependent Adaptor (MDA)

  • 12-port Channelized DS3/E3 ASAP MDA

  • 1-port Channelized OC-12/STM4 ASAP MDA

  • 1-port Channelized OC-3/STM-1 Circuit Emulation Services (CES) MDA

  • 1-port Channelized OC-3/STM-1 CES Compact Media Adaptor (CMA)

New enhancements for the Alcatel-Lucent Service Router Operating System (SR OS) -- which improve network reliability and resiliency (with failover times 2-3 times faster than alternative solutions, thus preventing dropped calls and enhancing customer satisfaction), include:

  • Multi-chassis Automatic Protection Switching (APS)

  • Stateful Multi-Link Point-to-Point Protocol (MLPPP) resiliency

  • ATM Pseudowire redundancy

  • Multi-Class MLPPP



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