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alcabash
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12/5/2012 | 12:39:27 AM
re: Tellabs: Alcatel's Silent Partner at Sprint?
Alcatel did win the Las Vegas project a long time ago but Sprint did not allow them to issue a press release until the product was succesfully deployed in the field. The 1696 was still at beta stage and encountered many issues in the field, the fact that the engineers were based in Italy did not help and also that Alcatel in the US was unable to provide proper service and support after the closure of the optical group in Plano. Most of the issues have been resolved and Sprint agreed to issue the release.

In the meantime, Sprint looked for a better and more reliable long-term metro partner, ONI was the leading contestant for DWDM but the company was unable to provide a roadmap to cost reduction and Sonet integration. On the other hand, Tellabs was giving a strong push on Sonet with evolution to hybrid Sonet/DWDM. Tellabs is now clearly number one at Sprint, Alcatel is relegated to 2nd source status and is threatened by Cisco and Nortel coming back strongly.
gea
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12/5/2012 | 12:39:25 AM
re: Tellabs: Alcatel's Silent Partner at Sprint?
If the 7100 is now on the Sprint list, I guess the question is whether Tellabs can de-mothball it enough to actually be functional if/when it gets rolled out in Sprint territory.

As I posted on the Alcatel announcement, I don't think this contract will ever be worth more than ones-ees twos-ees for either vendor. Metro DWDM is a niche that just isn't needed most of the time.

(But I hope I'm wrong...I helped demo that 7100 to Sprint and I still have some Tellabs stocks I was planning to write off this year!!!)
pipesoflight
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12/5/2012 | 12:39:24 AM
re: Tellabs: Alcatel's Silent Partner at Sprint?
Tellabs 7100 (formerly TITAN 6100) series of optical transport systems was to be sold along with White Rock networks under an OEM. Is that the case here?
pipesoflight
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12/5/2012 | 12:39:19 AM
re: Tellabs: Alcatel's Silent Partner at Sprint?
I think that the Chicago site started by White Rock (later closed) had a Tellabs engineer or two. Did you know any of them?
beachboy
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12/5/2012 | 12:39:18 AM
re: Tellabs: Alcatel's Silent Partner at Sprint?
Alcabash, I may be wrong here, but then so may you ..
I don't think that the Alcatel gear was designed in Italy. The optical group shut in Plano was components (AO), Richardson suffered some cuts but are still alive and well.

pipesoflight
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12/5/2012 | 12:39:04 AM
re: Tellabs: Alcatel's Silent Partner at Sprint?
I heard their facility in Plano was to be cut all the way down to about 300 employees. Anybody heard the same rumor? After they bought DSC their headcount was in excess of 5000. wow...
gea
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12/5/2012 | 12:38:59 AM
re: Tellabs: Alcatel's Silent Partner at Sprint?
Actually, I was only with Tellabs for a few months before they shut down all the east coast stuff associated with the 7100.
And I didn't even know that WhiteRock had a Chicago office!

What I can say is that if the WhiteRock stuff ends up becomming muxing line cards in the 7100, then the 7100 might have a real future.

(Actually, my Tellabs contacts told me yesterday that they've been shipping a lot more of them since they closed us down in Ronkonkoma. So maybe it's not totally mothballed after all....)
TruthKeeper
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12/5/2012 | 12:37:14 AM
re: Tellabs: Alcatel's Silent Partner at Sprint?
I agree, I hear the 1696 is still not running on all 8 cylinders.

I also hear Alcatel is ready to put the 1677 in service, but is it ready for prime time or will it stumble on the initial release like the 1696?


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