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

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

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