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Alcatel-Lucent First To Introduce 100 Gigabit Ethernet Capabilities At The Service Provider Edge

PARIS, July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To help service providers around the world meet the massive bandwidth demands caused by explosive growth in video traffic and sophisticated consumer and business IP services, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext: Paris and NYSE: ALU) today introduced the industry's first 100 Gigabit Ethernet service routing interface for the edge, where service providers need it most. The new service interface leverages unique silicon innovations to deliver massive bandwidth to support a wide variety of end-user services with industry-leading speed and quality, while offering dramatic improvements in power efficiency.

The edge of the network is critical because it's considered the 'command center' where most of the intelligence in the network resides, and where determinations are made about how individual services, such as high-definition video, need to be handled to ensure an optimal experience for end-users. Expanding capacity at the edge enables service providers to simultaneously reduce the cost per bit of IP transport substantially, while also enhancing their network to deliver increasingly sophisticated high value services. Alcatel-Lucent's groundbreaking new offerings are the first in the industry to address these dual requirements.

"TELUS is committed to innovating and delivering new services for residential, business and mobile customers in all our markets focused in Canada. These new services and the traffic they generate require a combination of speed, scale and high availability," said Eros Spadotto, Executive VP, Technology Strategy, TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada. "Selecting advanced platforms that enable us to evolve our network to support 100 Gigabit Ethernet gives us the assurance that we can continue to introduce the most sophisticated services and meet the needs of our customers now and far into the future."

Through the introduction of a 100 Gigabit service interface on its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS), the Alcatel-Lucent service router portfolio will deliver 100 Gigabit performance while continuing to support the full scope of broadband services - speed, services and scalability with no compromise. This is an essential requirement for operators carrying premium managed services such as business VPNs and IPTV alongside "over-the-top" traffic such as web-based video.

"Traffic keeps growing, but service providers need to make money. For this, they not only need higher speeds and capacities, but they need service flexibility at the same time," stated Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "We're encouraged to see Alcatel-Lucent support 100 Gigabit Ethernet with services enablement for the edge and the metro, as well as high-speed transport in the core. The fact that these products use the Alcatel-Lucent FP2 silicon that's been shipping for over a year helps reduce risk as service providers move to 100 Gigabit interfaces within their networks."

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