Symmetricom, Alcatel-Lucent to collaborate on IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol synchronization

April 26, 2010
APRIL 26, 2010 -- Symmetricom Inc., a supplier of precise time and frequency technologies, says it will collaborate with Alcatel-Lucent on products that use Symmetricom’s IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) synchronization technology.

APRIL 26, 2010 -- Symmetricom Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a supplier of precise time and frequency technologies, says it will collaborate with Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) on products that use Symmetricom’s IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) synchronization technology. The technology is used by service providers migrating to Ethernet transport for mobile backhaul and opting for IEEE 1588-2008 as the Node-B timing methodology.

Synchronization of base stations is a critical component in ensuring quality of service in Ethernet-based networks.

Symmetricom says that Alcatel-Lucent conducted extensive testing of IEEE 1588 grandmaster synchronization offerings and selected Symmetricom based on its levels of performance, redundancy, and interoperability. Alcatel-Lucent will resell Symmetricom’s TimeProvider 5000 IEEE 1588 Grandmaster Clock and its IEEE 1588 Blades for the SSU 2000 and TimeHub.

Said Steve Dyck, director, mobile backhaul solutions, Alcatel-Lucent, “After completing extensive interoperability testing of Symmetricom’s IEEE 1588 capability, we’ve determined that Symmetricom’s comprehensive PTP solutions, backed by the company’s expertise and advanced synchronization technology, will enable us to provide seamless and advanced end-to-end synchronization solutions for Ethernet-based mobile backhaul applications.”

Symmetricom’s TimeProvider 5000 Grandmaster Clock has proven to be interoperable with Alcatel-Lucent’s Service Routers, and W-CDMA, and LTE base stations. The integration of Symmetricom’s TimePictra management platform with Alcatel-Lucent’s 5620 Service Aware Manager platform will enable service providers to centrally monitor and control the end-to-end mobile backhaul approach through a single interface, Symmetricom asserts.

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