Alcatel IP service router scores with Spirit Telecom

April 29, 2004 Dallas, TX -- U.S. communications carrier Spirit Telecom will migrate its data network to an Internet Protocol/MultiProtocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) backbone using Alcatel's service routers. The network migration will enable Spirit to maintain existing services and rapidly roll out new high revenue services, including IP virtual private networks, virtual private LAN services, virtual private leased lines, and high-speed Internet services.

Apr 29th, 2004

April 29, 2004 Dallas, TX -- U.S. communications carrier Spirit Telecom will migrate its data network to an Internet Protocol/MultiProtocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) backbone using Alcatel's service routers. The network migration will enable Spirit to maintain existing services and rapidly roll out new high revenue services, including IP virtual private networks, virtual private LAN services, virtual private leased lines, and high-speed Internet services.

Columbia, S.C.-based Spirit hopes to maximize its operating profits and improve network efficiency, while providing its customers access to new and existing services with better performance and quality of service--all critical elements in any network migration.

Spirit will use the Alcatel 7750 Service Router (SR) and the Alcatel 5620 network management portfolio to converge its national network onto a single, scalable infrastructure. According to Alcatel, its Service Router provides the strictest IP/MPLS quality of service and pre-service accounting, enabling Spirit to guarantee service level agreements with its customers.

"This is a strategic investment for Spirit Telecom, ensuring we can deliver true quality of service as our network continues to grow and services evolve," reports Wayne Bogan, engineering manager, Spirit Telecom. "The carrier-grade performance and reliability of the Alcatel Service Router means we can confidently provide mission-critical data applications and services over IP. In addition," he says, "Alcatel's network management portfolio allows us to reduce the cost of operating our network, while enhancing customer satisfaction."

"When migrating to a unified IP/MPLS infrastructure, service providers must look for ways to maximize the profit potential of their investments in network technology choices they make," adds Basil Alwan, president of the Alcatel IP activities. "By converging based on the Alcatel 7750 SR, Spirit can lower the total cost of ownership, maintain existing services and revenues and introduce high-value IP services ensuring a rapid return on investment."

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