DT and Lucent extend contract for next-gen optical networking

9 October 2002 -- Lucent Technologies Bonn, Germany, and Murray Hill, NJ, US, has expanded an existing contract with Deutsche Telekom for optical transmission technology until the end of 2003.

9 October 2002 -- Lucent Technologies, Bonn, Germany, and Murray Hill, NJ, US, has expanded an existing contract with Deutsche Telekom for optical transmission technology until the end of 2003. Deutsche Telekom (DT) also has confirmed Lucent as a supplier for optical networking technology for DT's worldwide transmission network.

In 2000, DT awarded Lucent a two-year contract to supply a leading-edge optical network to help DT meet its business and residential customers' growing bandwidth demand for data applications. This one-year extension of that contract introduces new products, including the LambdaUnite MSS into the Deutsche Telekom network.

"The contract represents a continuation of the long-term strategic partnership between Deutsche Telekom and Lucent Technologies, and underscores our commitment to the optical networking market," said Hans Huber, president and CEO of Lucent's InterNetworking Systems business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

"There always will be demand for innovative products even in difficult market conditions. This especially holds true when the products enable network operators to offer new, profitable services, or when they enable service providers to manage their networks more cost effectively."

Deutsche Telekom successfully trialled the LambdaUnite MSS, Lucent's next-generation optical transport system and switch and has already implemented several units of the product into their network. Its compact size and low energy requirements of the LambdaUnite MSS offers carriers significant cost savings compared to traditional systems.

Developed by Lucent Bell Labs, LambdaUnite MSS bridges traffic between data-intense metro networks and high-speed optical core networks, connecting cities, campuses and corporate networks to larger, long-haul public networks. The product supports both Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET) and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH), enables service providers to seamlessly upgrade their networks to 40Gbit/s and allows them to deliver new value-added services such as gigabit Ethernet.

The contract also covers the introduction of the latest generation of flexible SDH multiplexers. All products are optionally available with Lucent's TransLAN(tm) Ethernet SDH Transport solution. This feature will help Deutsche Telekom offer its business customers reliable end-to-end Ethernet transport services.

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