Belgium operator Telenet picks Alcatel Lucent's XRS core router

Oct. 22, 2013
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says Telenet plans to meet the ever-expanding video and data demands of its customers – as well as prepare for future increases in demand – by deploying the company’s IP core router, the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS).

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says Telenet plans to meet the ever-expanding video and data demands of its customers – as well as prepare for future increases in demand – by deploying the company’s IP core router, the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS).

Telenet is a cable operator in Belgium and the first multi-system operator (MSO) in Europe to deploy the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS core router, according to the vendor.

The 7950 XRS will prepare Telenet for the next decade of demand-growth from both residential and enterprise customers, adds Alcatel-Lucent, supporting the explosion of video traffic created by high-definition content, on-demand viewing and multi-screen delivery, the widespread use of smart-phones and tablets, and the rapid adoption of cloud-based applications.

Alcatel-Lucent says the 7950 XRS provides up to 5X the capacity of other core routers on the market. At the same time, the system consumes 66% less energy than other core routers available today, supporting Telenet’s commitment to reduce its ecological footprint. For example, the XRS system requires only 1 W to switch 1-Gbps worth of traffic, the company asserts. Thanks to its thermal design, the XRS can reduce footprint and power costs by 50% over a five-year period of network growth, Alcatel-Lucent asserts.

Bert Pelgrims, manager network and data services engineering, Telenet, said, “Our customers are looking for high-quality experiences that are personalized, instantaneously shared, and can be virtually stored and conveniently accessed anytime, anywhere, and on any device. To do this we knew we needed a core network that could handle the massively increasing load from bandwidth hungry services and applications being used by our customers. We chose Alcatel-Lucent because the 7950 XRS is field-proven to provide the experiences our customers have come to expect and deserve.”

Alcatel-Lucent points out that the XRS is a key element in The Shift Plan, the company’s strategy to become a specialist vendor of IP networking and ultra-fast broadband access equipment and services (see “Alcatel-Lucent shifts and optical transport, FTTx shift with it”).

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