Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent Enhances Long-Haul Microwave for TDM-Ethernet Migration

Alcatel-Lucent has enhanced its long-haul microwave solution, the Alcatel-Lucent MDR 8000, to support operators' migration from time division multiplexing (TDM) to Ethernet transport over wireless transport networks. The platform provides mobile backhaul and long-haul trunking serving various markets, including homeland security, defense, utility and energy infrastructure, and transportation.

With this new release, MDR-8000 features dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and 32 DS1 circuit interfaces, and allows dynamic reallocation of capacity in-service with no disruption as the transport rate for IP services grows.

It provides multiple interface options (DS1, DS3, OC-3, and 10/100/1000 Ethernet interfaces) and operates in a range of frequencies from 2 GHz to 11 GHz, covering all microwave bands per FCC Part 101, Industry Canada and NTIA. In addition, it operates in unlicensed bands at 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz, as well as the market-specific bands such as 1900 MHz for Personal Communications Service (PCS), 1700 MHz for US Federal Government and 2.3 GHz for Wireless Communications Service (WCS).