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Lucent Rolls Out High-Speed Network for ISPs

Recognizing a market that has yet to be cornered, Lucent Technologies Wednesday launched a high-speed optical networking system.

Designed by Bell Labs, Lucent's (LU) new WaveStar DataExpress 10G is optimized to carry IP traffic and enables emerging carriers and ISPs to build reliable regional data networks operating at speeds of 10 gigabits per second -- an equivalent of transmitting a 2 million-page document every second.

Lucent also unveiled seven other 10-gigabit networking products. Offering an architecture that provides a mix of features and functionality that customers can match to their network size and configuration, Lucent's new WaveStar 10G product line can save carriers up to 40 percent in both space requirements and power consumption.

"Lucent is now the only player in the industry capable of delivering an end-to-end 10G networking solution that cuts across IP, ATM and all other networking elements," said Harry Bosco, group president of Lucent's Optical Networking Group. "Our WaveStar DataExpress will push high-speed fiber-optics into ISP networks as we help break through the bottlenecks that slow down the Internet and other data transport."

Lucent has begun shipping its 10G systems to customers around the world. Of the eight products announced Wednesday, five will be generally available by the end of March. The other three will be available by the end of the summer.

Last month, Lucent bought fiber optics company Ortel for $2.95 billion.