February 24, 2004 Murray Hill, NJ, and Atlanta, GA -- Lucent Technologies has announced an agreement with Movaz Networks to jointly develop solutions for the metro DWDM market to help service providers deliver cost-effective optical bandwidth directly to their customers' premises and meet their wavelength needs in the metro access, interoffice, and regional application spaces.
Under the multi-year agreement, Lucent and Movaz will jointly develop new, next-generation metro DWDM solutions for Lucent's service provider customers using Movaz's DWDM technology. The new solutions will complement Lucent's existing Metropolis portfolio of metro optical networking products, now deployed by more than 100 customers.
The metro DWDM equipment market segment is expected to grow from an estimated $600 million in 2004 to $800 million in 2008, say Lucent representatives. Currently Lucent's metro DWDM portfolio focuses on large metropolitan-wide network technology. By working with Movaz, Lucent will extend its portfolio to the network edge, closer to the service providers' customers, enabling enterprises to take full advantage of the capabilities of service providers' advanced optical networks.
"This relationship is another example of Lucent's willingness to team with others to strengthen our offers," contends Ken Wirth, president of Lucent's Optical Networking Group. "We are working with Movaz to provide new architectures, capabilities, and innovative approaches to networks, while enhancing our ability to help service providers leverage their existing base of products, meet the bandwidth demands of their customers, and offer new revenue-generating services at a price that's acceptable to those customers. The relationship will allow us to round out our market-leading optical networking portfolio and continue to offer the most cost-effective and flexible solutions for our networks," he asserts.
"We're pleased to be working with Lucent, a leader in the development of optical technology, to help bring to market a product line that will meet the needs of Lucent's global customer base," adds Bijan Khosravi, chairman and CEO of Movaz Networks. "Movaz is an established metro DWDM player with 43 customers worldwide and more than 1,300 nodes of our existing products deployed. This relationship builds on our combined expertise--leveraging both companies' product and technology strengths and Lucent's extensive customer reach to provide leading next-generation solutions for optical transport."
The Lucent-branded solutions will be fully integrated into Lucent's existing optical networking portfolio, including the Metropolis Enhanced Optical Networking (EON), a 32-channel metro DWDM system. Lucent's Navis Optical Management System will support the new solutions by reducing the complexities of the network, simplifying operations and service provisioning, and enhancing service quality. Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS) will support the solutions with network design, deployment, and maintenance services.