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Alcatel-Lucent doubles capacity of Fiber-to-the-User capabilities for North American market


Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced new innovations to its market-leading 7342 ISAM Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) solution with the introduction of Release 4.4 for the North American market. Among the new features on this gigabit passive optical network (GPON) solution are quad port line cards, which double system capacity, and the industry’s most compact multiple dwelling unit (MDU) optical network terminal (ONT). The new features enable service providers to cost-effectively scale their fiber-to-the-home deployments to deliver triple play services.

The new GPON line card has four GPON ports, each of which can support up to 64 subscribers with 2.5 Gbps downstream and 1.25 Gbps upstream line rates. These new quad line cards occupy the same physical footprint as the previous two port line cards, offering service providers a tremendous capacity increase without compromising bandwidth and effectively lowering their CAPEX per subscriber. Release 4.4 also supports VoIP with SIP and H248, supporting IPTV with IGMPv3 for fast TV channel change.

Release 4.4 also introduces the industry’s most compact GPON MDU ONT, a device capable of serving up to 12 living units with traditional phone line services and either VDSL or Ethernet data. The MDU ONT can be used to deliver voice, video and data over a building’s existing copper wires. This new ONT provides Alcatel-Lucent customers the flexibility to optimize their deployments based on network topologies and their business/residential subscriber mix.

The new MDU ONT adds to an already extensive range of ONTs giving Alcatel-Lucent the widest range of industry leading ONT’s for all customer types.

“Alcatel-Lucent continues to lead the GPON market with an array of new features that increase the capacity, density and functionality on an already robust solution set,” said Mike Dobbs, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s North American access activities. “With over 60 FTTx projects worldwide—many with top tier providers, more than 30 of which are with GPON — Alcatel-Lucent is an undisputed leader in broadband access and end-to-end triple play solutions.”

The Alcatel-Lucent 7342 ISAM FTTU extends the bandwidth potential of fiber from the network core to the subscriber premises using the latest GPON recommendations of the Full Service Access Network (FSAN) group. The ISAM product family is designed for 100% IPTV and NGN /IMS voice convergence in access. Moreover, it provides an unsurpassed IPTV experience with a 5 star rating for video support (Current Analysis report of January 2007), as well as cost effective migration to packet-based voice, thereby offering support for any type of voice application – NGN and Class 5.

Alcatel-Lucent remains the uncontested global market leader in broadband access with more than 126 million DSL lines shipped to date. More than 135 customers have adopted the ISAM product family globally – including 80% of the top 20 DSL operators in the world. Alcatel-Lucent is also engaged in more than 60 FTTx projects around the world, more than 30 of which are with GPON. More than 25 customers worldwide have deployed the Alcatel-Lucent 5530 Network Analyzer.


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