Sunday, October 17, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent Boosts Mobile Backhaul with New Aggregation Router

Alcatel-Lucent is expanding its mobile backhaul portfolio with a new 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR)-18 optimized for large aggregation sites or smaller central hub sites.

The Alcatel-Lucent 7705 SAR-18 is a 10-rack unit (RU) platform offering up to 140 Gbps of scalable capacity for backhauling traffic from "‘AnyG to LTE" (2G, 3G and LTE) radio access networks. It supports the same services as Alcatel-Lucent's flagship 7750 Service Router, but to meet the price points required in mobile backhaul applications, the 7705 employs commercial silicon. Serving at key aggregation points, the 7705 router supports all packet-based timing/synchronization mechanisms and offers sophisticated Ethernet OAM.

Along with the new platform, Alcatel-Lucent is offering end-to-end, unified network and policy management from the Radio Access Network (RAN) to the packet core. The Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) now provides seamless end-to- end IP/MPLS-based management for the entire wireless network domain. With the 5620
SAM, Alcatel-Lucent brings the strength of its IP/MPLS management expertise to simplify provisioning and operations and accelerate faulty detection and rectification. Furthermore, the Alcatel-Lucent SAR family of products is now integrated with the Alcatel-Lucent 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) family, for seamless microwave-based backhaul.

Alcatel-Lucent also noted that it also moved into the number one market share position with 23% of worldwide Ethernet cell site gateway and router revenue for the first half of 2010, according to data published by Infonetics. To date, Alcatel-Lucent is involved in over 50 LTE trials and has won seven LTE contracts worldwide.

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