AUGUST 5, 2009 -- Cox Business has selected Alcatel-Lucent's (search Lightwave for Alcatel-Lucent) Internet Protocol (IP) service router products and services to support Ethernet-based services for its business and carrier customers.
Alcatel-Lucent's Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) offerings are designed to simplify network operations and make it easier for Cox Business to evolve its data services suite and add new services for customers.
Cox Business is currently the fourth largest provider of business Ethernet services in the U.S. based on customer ports, according to industry research and analysis firm Vertical Systems Group (search Lightwave for Vertical Systems Group).
"Ethernet offers network flexibility and more capabilities at a lower cost, making it the preferred networking technology of many IT decision makers," says Kristine Faulkner, vice president of product development and management, Cox Business. "Cox Business delivers reliable Ethernet solutions to our customers over both fiber and hybrid fiber coax (HFC), and Alcatel-Lucent will aid in the future evolution of our portfolio."
The offering enables Cox Business to deliver enhanced business services over a common service routing edge based on the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router, which allows Cox Business to take advantage of a cost-optimized, reliable, feature-rich service delivery infrastructure that can seamlessly scale to address managed data service market needs. This is the second recent announcement that a service provider has selected Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 (see "NTT Com chooses Alcatel-Lucent router for launch of IP-VPN service").
Alcatel-Lucent also provided integration and testing services and will continue to support Cox Business to simplify the network and provide higher capacity, services, and reliability while reducing costs.
"Cox Business became the first multiple-system cable operator (MSO) to enter the top tier of U.S. business Ethernet providers and continues to be at the forefront of advanced data products," says Charles Marsh, vice president of sales for Alcatel-Lucent's North America major accounts. "By choosing Alcatel-Lucent's service routing platforms, Cox Business is underscoring not only its confidence in our technology but also its commitment to provide advanced and reliable services to its customers."