Deltacom upgrades network with Alcatel-Lucent gear

MARCH 3, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent and ITC^DeltaCom Inc. have announced that Deltacom Inc. has completed the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent's multiplexers as part of its long-haul SONET ring network upgrade.

MARCH 3, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent (search Lightwave for Alcatel-Lucent) and ITC^DeltaCom Inc. have announced that Deltacom Inc. (search for DeltaCom) has completed the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent's multiplexers as part of its long-haul SONET ring network upgrade. Deltacom has also completed metro SONET ring expansions across several key markets in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, with expectations to complete several others by the end of the year.

Deltacom's deployment of Alcatel-Lucent's 1665 Data Multiplexer Ethernet-over-SONET hybrid Ethernet, SONET, and SAN platform currently enables DS-3 to OC-192 SONET protected on- and off-ramps between Deltacom's long-haul and metro networks and its DWDM backbone. The SONET ring infrastructure supports traditional private line, transport for Ethernet private line, and Ethernet packet ring services delivered to Deltacom's business and enterprise customers and to its Interstate FiberNet wholesale customers.

In addition to long-haul and metro private line services, the multiplexer platform provides an infrastructure for future IP, Ethernet over MPLS, and SAN service growth.

"The Alcatel-Lucent solution offers a growth platform as we continue to augment our network infrastructure to provide SONET protected services in our expanding Southeast footprint. Customers across all of our business segments will benefit from the increased service availability and greater on-net reach," said Jim O'Brien, executive vice president of operations for Deltacom.

In addition to the Alcatel-Lucent 1665 DMX, Deltacom will deploy the Alcatel-Lucent optical integrated network controller for integrated, multi-vendor network management capabilities, including security, fault, performance, and configuration management. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide maintenance on the equipment.

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