U.S. Bancorp selects Lucent for advanced optical network

May 1, 2006 Minneapolis, MN and Murray Hill, NJ -- U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank, announced that it has selected products, services, and software from Lucent Technologies for an advanced optical network that will connect U.S. Bank operations in five cities spanning the east and west coasts of the U.S., enabling fast, secure data transactions.

May 1, 2006 Minneapolis, MN and Murray Hill, NJ -- U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank, announced that it has selected products, services, and software from Lucent Technologies for an advanced optical network that will connect U.S. Bank operations in five cities spanning the east and west coasts of the U.S., enabling fast, secure data transactions.

Under the three-year agreement, U.S. Bancorp will deploy the Lucent Metropolis DMX portfolio of metro optical networking products and the company's VitalSuite Integrated Network Controller software, to create a high-capacity, fully redundant carrier grade backbone network.

Lucent says the network also will include the first deployment of the company's standards-based Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) card, which the company says enables service providers to double the amount of bandwidth on their networks by using both sides of rings for transporting traffic. The company says the RPR card also supports fast restoration of packet traffic in the event of a network failure, offering exceptional reliability.

For the deployment, Lucent will also supply a range of professional services including engineering, network integration, testing, and program management.

"As one of the primary providers of next-generation SONET technology, Lucent's well-established expertise in the delivery of SONET and Ethernet services gives us the confidence that we will have the secure, high-bandwidth communications system we need in today's banking environment," comments David Grabski, senior vice president network services group for U.S. Bank.

"The Lucent solution will enable U.S. Bank to cost-effectively meet its current metro-area access needs while providing a solid foundation to accommodate future bandwidth and service growth," adds John Cafaro, enterprise sales leader for Lucent Technologies. "Enterprises such as U.S. Bank can now easily migrate from costly overlay networks to a single data-aware packet network that less expensive and easier to manage."

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