Cavalier Telephone Using Lucent Technologiesí Next-Generation Optical / Ethernet Solution to Power Broadband IPTV Offering
Cavalier leading the way in offering breakthrough IPTV and triple play services with Lucents Metropolis DMX portfolio of metro optical networking products.
MARCH 07, 2006, RICHMOND, VA. AND MURRAY HILL, N.J. Cavalier Telephone, a leading provider of integrated local, long-distance, Internet and data communication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced that it is deploying Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) converged Ethernet solution to enable its new Cavalier Broadband TV, Internet Protocol (IP) TV service offering. Cavalier Telephone announced the rollout of its advanced broadband TV offering last fall and plans to offer a full suite of video products that will allow users to receive 150 digital video and music channels, a full featured interactive program guide, on-screen caller ID, and digital set top boxes.
Cavalierís Triple Play offering includes local and long distance phone service, high speed DSL Internet access and broadband IPTV. The Cavalier IPTV service will be based on MPEG4 video technology, which will support the delivery of very high-quality video over Cavalierís existing metropolitan fiber optic network based on Lucents Metropolis DMX portfolio of metro optical networking products and delivered to subscribers using its broadband asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL2+) system.
We recently completed our Richmond deployment of Lucents DMX platform with advanced Ethernet over SONET capabilities. This converged gigabit Ethernet solution will allow us to multicast video over our ADSL2+, providing data speeds of up to 24 Megabits per second (Mbps) for combined voice, video and data services, said Brad Evans, CEO of Cavalier Telephone. At Cavalier, were known to be early adopters of breakthrough technology and we are using Lucents converged Ethernet capabilities to continue leading the way in advanced broadband IPTV.
Under the agreement, Lucent is upgrading Cavaliers Metropolis DMX platforms with Lucents LNW70 Ethernet cards, which enable operators to offer 100 Mbps or Gigabit Ethernet services, delivered with the quality of service (QoS) capabilities of todays advanced optical networking systems. This enhanced converged Ethernet solution can support numerous classes of service (CoS) and prioritization of data traffic, enabling Cavalier to deliver the bandwidth needed to guarantee certain quality levels for voice and video services.
Cavalier Telephone was one of Lucents first Metropolis DMX customers when we introduced the product four years ago and is realizing the advantages to going with DMX for their breakthrough IPTV service offering, said Gerry Cafaro, vice president of sales for Lucent Technologies. Cavalier is able to add advanced Ethernet switching to their existing DMX network, optimized for the delivery of video and other multimedia services without a new overlay deployment.
With over 12,000 units already deployed, the Metropolis DMX portfolio is being used by more than 100 customers worldwide. The Metropolis DMX family includes the DMX Access Multiplexer for central office and large enterprise applications, DMXtendTM Multiplexer for enterprise and loop access applications, and DMXploreTM multiplexer to deliver next-generation SONET services economically right to the customerís premises. 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. The Metropolis DMX family also is Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet Certified compliant. For more information about DMX, please visit: http://www.lucent.com/dmx.
About Cavalier Telephone
Cavalier Telephone is a facilities-based, full-service local telephone company (CLEC) offering the latest in advanced telecommunications products, including advanced telephone features and high-speed Internet access for business and residential customers. Cavalier Telephone currently services over 35,000 business and 200,000 residential customers in Richmond, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Philadelphia, Delaware, Southern New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. For additional information regarding Cavalier Telephone contact Andy Lobred at (804) 422-4100.
About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucentís customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit http://www.lucent.com.
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