Lucent Technologies deploys new Ethernet-over-SONET solutions with North American carriers

February 10, 2003--Lucent Technologies (Murray Hill, NJ) announced optical contracts to supply state-of-the-art metro optical networking systems to carriers in the United States and Canada.

Lucent Technologies (Murray Hill, NJ) announced optical contracts to supply state-of-the-art metro optical networking systems to carriers in the United States and Canada.

Lucent has deployed Ethernet-over-SONET solutions from the Metropolis DMX Access Multipexer family with Cavalier Telephone, Everest Connections and Toronto Hydro Telecom. These contracts demonstrate Lucent's strong established position in the multi-services over SONET optical networking equipment market, and the products allow service providers to continue to use embedded technology while adding new revenue-generating Ethernet services without overhauling the network.

The Metropolis DMX family includes the DMX Access Multiplexer for central office and large enterprise applications, the DMXpress for customer premises applications, and DMXtend, now available, for enterprise and loop access applications. All provide compatible next-generation SONET functionality and serve as integrated Ethernet-over-SONET metro platforms. When used together, the products in the portfolio create an end-to-end solution that allows carriers to offer faster, more sophisticated services while lowering operating costs.

"The DMXpress platform provides an ideal premises-based platform for Ethernet-over-SONET, as well as TDM services," says Ian Miles at Toronto Hydro Telecom. "We are delighted to be using this technology in Toronto."

Cavalier Telephone (Richmand, VA), a full-service facilities-based telephone company offering local service, long-distance, Internet dial-up, and high-speed DSL packages is extensively deploying GigE packet rings in its mid-Atlantic telecommunications network for Internet access.

Everest Connections (Kansas City, MO), a broadband service provider offering digital cable television, local and long distance telephone service and high-speed Internet access, is using the Metropolis DMX and DMXpress. These products are being implemented for business class Ethernet services using virtual private networks (VPNs) for security of their customer's data traffic, and carrying T1 service for voice services into their 5ESS switches. Everest is looking at continued expansion in the Kansas City area, as their subscriber base continues to increase.

Lucent is supplying Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. with the Metropolis DMX and DMXpress for Toronto Hydro Telecom's high-speed fiber optic network throughout Toronto. The network, which spans more than 450 km currently links more than 400 of the largest buildings in Toronto. Lucent's solution will allow Toronto Hydro Telecom to offer its customers new Ethernet services, along with traditional TDM services.

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