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Johanne Torres[September 9, 2004]

Lucent Lights up Global Crossing�s Net


By a means to upgrade their optical transmission throughout its worldwide IP network, Global Crossing (quote) just struck a deal with Lucent Technologies (news alert - quote). The three-year agreement will allow the integrated global IP-based network provider to deliver service to its enterprise and carrier customers over its MPLS-based IP network.


Lucent is hooking up the Global Crossing MPLS-based IP network with its LambdaUnite Multi-Service Switch (MSS) and its Navis Optical Management System (OMS). Under the agreement, Lucent signed up to also offer technical support and network maintenance provided by its Worldwide Services division. The deal will facilitate an easier delivery of voice, video and data traffic through Global Crossing�s MPLS-based IP network. This new pact is expected to surely enhance the company�s VoIP and IP VPNs service offerings.


"The Lucent solution enables us to launch new services and expand our existing Gigabit Ethernet offerings and transparent wave services, while driving our overall reliability and availability to even higher levels," said Dan Enright, Global Crossing's executive vice president of operations

"The LambdaUnite MSS enables Global Crossing to quickly offer various next-generation services to meet the ever-changing demands of their customers," said Gerry Cafaro, vice president of sales for Lucent.


The LambdaUnite MSS is an optical transport system that ties traffic between data-intensive metro networks and high-speed optical core networks, hooking up cities, campuses and corporate networks to larger, long-haul public networks. It adds Gigabit Ethernet services to service providers� offerings. The single-shelf system supports in-service upgrades from 160G to 320G, as well as to 640G, allowing the system to grow when network capacity increases.


With Lucent's Navis OMS in place, Global Crossing's customers will experience single-user, automated provisioning, routing and proactive service assurance of optical networks and services allowing rapid turn-up of customer services.


Global Crossing MPLS-based network connects more than 300 cities and 30 countries worldwide, and offers managed data and voice products including Global Crossing IP VPN Service, Global Crossing Managed Services and Global Crossing VoIP services.


Global Crossing


Lucent Technologies



Johanne Torres is the contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was the assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]


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