SaskTel selects Lucent Technologies Metropolis equipment for its regional optical network

29 July 2003 Murray Hill, NJ Lightwave--Lucent Technologies today announced a deal with SaskTel, a Canadian service provider, to provide optical networking equipment that will allow SaskTel to increase network capacity and offer faster, more sophisticated services. SaskTel is the first service provider to deploy Lucent's new optical management system which supports real-time provisioning and virtually instantaneous restoration, according to the systems company.

Jul 29th, 2003

29 July 2003 Murray Hill, NJ Lightwave--Lucent Technologies today announced a deal with SaskTel, a Canadian service provider, to provide optical networking equipment that will allow SaskTel to increase network capacity and offer faster, more sophisticated services. SaskTel is the first service provider to deploy Lucent's new optical management system which supports real-time provisioning and virtually instantaneous restoration, according to the systems company.

Lucent will supply products from the Metropolis DMX family of access multiplexers, and optical amplifiers from the Metropolis Wavelength Extension Solution to build regional transport rings in the province of Saskatchewan.

"SaskTel leads the way in Canada, and possibly North America, in deploying high-speed Internet service, particularly in rural areas," said Kym Wittal, SaskTel chief technology officer. "Lucent's portfolio of products will allow us the flexibility to provide better reach to our customers for future high-bandwidth services."

Lucent's Navis optical management system (OMS), which became generally available in January, provides multiple network management functions, including element management, service provisioning, and service assurance within optical networks. SaskTel is using the OMS to perform single-user, automated provisioning of optical networks and services. This allows customer services to be turned up quickly by using the automatic routing capabilities and point-and-click features of the OMS graphical user interface. When problems occur, SaskTel can also restore customer services rapidly by using the advanced fault correlation capabilities of OMS. The product is part of the Lucent Navis Operations Software portfolio of open, standards-based network and element management systems.

The Metropolis DMX family, now deployed by more than 70 service providers, includes the DMX Access Multiplexer for central office and large enterprise applications, the DMXpress for customer premises applications, and DMXtend for loop and enterprise access applications. All provide compatible next-generation SONET functionality and serve as integrated Ethernet over SONET metro platforms. When used together, the products in the portfolio create an end-to-end solution that allows carriers to offer faster, more sophisticated services while lowering operating costs. Providing a solid foundation for future bandwidth and service growth, the products also enable service providers to cost-effectively migrate from existing TDM networks to data-aware packet networks.

The Metropolis Wavelength Extension Solution provides low-cost solutions for fiber exhaust, TDM span extension, wavelength access and translation, and storage area network transport.

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