Sunday, September 21, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent Positions 7705 for Mobile Backhauling

Alcatel-Lucent introduced its 7705 SAR -- Fixed Form Factor (7705 SAR-F) IP/MPLS platform
designed for mobile backhaul applications. The new model builds on the company's 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR), which delivers IP/MPLS and pseudowire capabilities in an aggregation platform. It is primarily targeted at the transport needs of the evolving mobile radio access network (RAN). The new router allows service providers to scale aggregation bandwidth for legacy cell towers using T1/E1 leased circuits.

Features and functionality of the new single-rack unit 7705 SAR-F include: cost-effective scaling, resiliency/redundancy covering synchronization, uplinks and power feeds as well as extreme temperature hardened characteristics (-40º C to +65 º C).

The 7705 SAR-F offers port density of16 x T1/E1 plus 6x 10/100 and 2 GE ports in 1 RU. In addition, the 7705 SAR-F leverages the reliability of Alcatel-Lucent's SR OS software to support new advanced functionality, provide consistent end-to-end operations and network management.

Alcatel-Lucent also released version 1.1 of the 7705 SAR family software. Release 1.1 includes an end-to-end synchronous Ethernet capability, which is important as operators make the transition to Ethernet for mobile backhaul in order to fully exploit its cost and bandwidth efficiencies. The synchronous Ethernet features augment a range of end-to-end synchronization techniques. The new release also includes High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) offload enhancements which enable cost-effective and flexible offload using GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation), to complement existing support for MPLS.