|Did your dd uncover this 2 week old press release? <vbg>|
As I said before, LU has to leapfrog the competition, not merely catch up to where they were last year. So far, I'm not seeing any indication of that leadership emerging.
I'm confident that it will ultimately. It just hasn't done so yet. ... and may not for years to come. Meanwhile, LU will be designed out of many carriers' service offerings.
Alcatel Delivers Optical IP
Internetworking with 7770 Routing Core
Product will outperform competition and enable profit-generating
"Qualitative IP Services" end-to-end
SAN JOSE, CALIF. - November 8, 2000 -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and
NYSE: ALA) today announced the introduction of the Alcatel 7770 Routing Core Platform (RCP), a multi-terabit
IP core router. Engineered to meet stringent carrier-class requirements, the 7770 RCP enables service
providers to deliver differentiated IP services by guaranteeing network performance, a feature critical to the
future of wide area networking.
"France Telecom R&D is particularly interested in being involved in the definition of the specification of the
equipment for the next generation networks at the earliest possible stage. France Telecom is involved for this
reason in Alcatel's 7770 RCP partnership program", said Dominique Delisle, France Telecom R&D IP
Program Director. "The 7770 provides high performance terabit routing and integration with optical transport
which will be an essential requirement in the heart of next generation networks. The Alcatel 7770 RCP has
been delivered to France Telecom R&D. Testing is commencing and will continue in the framework of the
European Commission project ATRIUM."
The RCP integrates IP routing with optical transport and provides the basic ingredients for multi-layer
restoration, thus providing the architecture Internet service providers need to grow their networks into the next
generation. In addition, carriers are able to support premium end-to-end services for their IP customers due
to innovative traffic engineering tools and the ability to support differentiated services across the core. These
features are available on a true carrier grade product that continues to deliver full wirespeed
routing/forwarding performance and is supported by award-winning network management tools that
significantly reduce operations cost.
"The ability to offer end-to-end, advanced networking solutions to IP-centric service providers makes the
Alcatel 7770 Routing Core Platform a leading alternative for deploying next generation networks," said
Michael Kennedy, Network Strategy Partners. "The technical strengths of the 7770 RCP combined with
Alcatel's unique ability to provide optical integration in a fully managed solution will make it a strong market
"The introduction of the Alcatel 7770 Routing Core Platform and the 7420 Edge Services Router, both based
upon network processor technology, will make Alcatel a credible vendor in the service provider IP router
market," said David Passmore, Research Director, The Burton Group. "We think Alcatel is a player to watch
and expect them to become much more visible in this space."
"The Alcatel 7770 is the future of reliable IP optical networking," said Dirk Van Den Berghen, Alcatel's
executive vice president of Core Data. "Service level guarantees open a market for bandwidth provisioning
and brokering that will generate the kind of revenue now seen by TDM and ATM network vendors. With the
7770, bandwidth is no longer a high-speed pipe. Rather, carriers can provide a specific service, with a
contract for guaranteed performance and the requisite price tag attached - a business opportunity unique in
the current IP world."
Alcatel 7770 Features
The 7770 RCP deploys a 640 Gb/s high capacity switching fabric that features a built-in ability to scale to 5
Tb/s and 10 Tb/s through in-service upgrades, with low footprint and no forklifts. It is unique in its use of IBM's
state-of-the-art, PowerNP network processor and customized application specific integrated circuits (ASICs),
which allow high system scalability, distributed IP forwarding and wirespeed packet handling.
The product deploys a powerful and reliable Phase 2 routing stack, and features high density multi-port POS
interfaces which support speeds ranging from OC-3 to OC-192. It has the ability to support OC-768 in future.
The 7770 also supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet and very short range (VSR) optical interfaces for cost-effective
interconnections to local, optics-based transmission equipment.
Built-in intelligence that enables sophisticated MPLS-guided traffic engineering, multi-layer restoration,
dynamic bandwidth allocation and IP trunking uniquely qualifies the product as a "new breed of IP routers" to
the industry. The product is carrier-grade with NEBs L.3 compliance and provides a high level of system
reliability. With comprehensive protection schemes for all critical components - such as the switching fabric,
route servers, control logic, power feeds and even software residing on the line cards - the 7770 RCP
redefines the meaning of carrier grade IP transport.
The Alcatel 7770 RCP Release 1 features 1-port OC-192, 4-port OC-48, 8-port OC-12, 16-port OC-3 and
8-port Giga Ethernet ports. Volume shipment begins in May 2001. An entry-level fully-redundant 640 Gigabit
system starts at US$290K.
About Alcatel IP
Alcatel has extensive design and development expertise in X.25, TDM, frame relay, ATM and SONET-based
equipment. The recently launched Alcatel 7770 RCP and Alcatel 7420 Edge Services Router, combined with
the existing IP, DWDM and optical product range - and all managed by a world-leading network and services
management suite - now equips Alcatel to offer advanced networking solutions to IP-centric service providers.
Alcatel builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions
to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With 120,000 employees
and sales of EURO 23 billion in 1999, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit
Alcatel on the Internet: alcatel.com.