Alcatel-Lucent offers eco-friendly ONTs

FEBRUARY 12, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent has unveiled a range of eco-sustainable optical network terminals (ONTs) that consume up to 30% less power, claim company representatives.

FEBRUARY 12, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent (search for Alcatel-Lucent) today unveiled a range of eco-sustainable optical network terminals (ONTs) that consume up to 30% less power, claim company representatives.

Two existing technologies--Alcatel-Lucent's distributed digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM) concept, as well as a series of passively cooled fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) DSLAMs--are now complemented by a range of eco-sustainable indoor optical network terminals (ONTs), which are located at the customer's premise and convert optical signals back into electrical voice, video, or data.

Alcatel-Lucent says the new indoor ONTs consume up to 30% less power and are compact--requiring minimal space at the customer's premise--easy to install, and feature ready-to-include residential gateway functionalities.

Alcatel-Lucent's distributed DSLAM concept, supported by the Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) family of products, enables service providers to manage up to 24 times fewer nodes in FTTB or fiber-to-the-node architectures, resulting in more cost-effective operations, says the company.

Additionally, through the use of simplified backplanes, power consumption is reduced by up to 20%.

At home, a number of important savings can be made as well, note company representatives. By introducing FTTB DSLAMs with a so-called "passive cooling" mechanism, up to a 10% power savings can be realized compared to traditional
FTTB DSLAMs that are actively cooled. An additional benefit lies in the elimination of all noise that traditionally accompanies an active cooling system, claims the company. Thus this range of FTTB DSLAMs not only allows end-users to save on their energy bill, it is so quiet it can be installed in virtually any room in a home or office.

"Alcatel-Lucent is deeply committed to ensuring that our customers are able to continuously reduce their carbon footprint while offering consistently high-quality services to their subscribers," reports Dave Geary, president of Alcatel-Lucent's wireline networks activities. "Launching innovative and eco-sustainable technologies that really make a difference is top of mind for us. The distributed DSLAM concept, as well as the passively cooled FTTB DSLAM and eco-sustainable ONT innovations, offer dramatic energy and cost savings to our customers," he adds.


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