Alcatel-Lucent Entry Signals Fierce Core Router Competition

May 23, 2012: The entry of Paris-based telecom vendor Alcatel-Lucent into the $4 billion-a-year market for Internet core routers signals the fierce competition for this market during the next two years. The 7950 XRS supports 32-Tbps capacity and 160 100-Gbit Ethernet ports in a single system, which is five times the density of today’s core routers and slashes power consumption by more than 66% compared with typical core routers, according to the company.

Based on Alcatel-Lucent’s 400G FP3 network processor unit, the router can support both IP backbone networks and regional “metro” core networks. The company says 7950 XRS also extends its commitment to tighter integration between IP networks and optical transport networks, including support for transponder integration into the 7950 XRS at 10G, 40G and 100G speeds. It can be managed with the 5620 Service Aware Manager platform and an Optical Extension Shelf capability that integrates the 1830 Photonic Service Switch with the 7950 XRS.

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Author: Steve Wexler

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