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Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?

Light Reading
OFC/NFOEC News Analysis
Light Reading
3/21/2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Some furious back-peddling occurred on the show floor of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibit (OFC) yesterday concerning possible plans by Tellium Inc. (Nasdaq: TELM) to develop a sub-wavelength grooming switch in collaboration with NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY)

It all started when C. David Broecker, marketing VP for the public networks group of NEC America Inc., waxed a little lyrical about the co-marketing and co-development agreement his company had with Tellium (see Tellium, NEC to Co-Develop).

Broecker told Light Reading that the arrangement now went beyond integrating NEC’s transport systems with Tellium’s switch in order to eliminate transponders. A sub-wavelength switch, one that would compete with the CoreDirector from Ciena Corp. (Nasdaq: CIEN), was now under development and the results would be unveiled at the Supercomm trade show next June.

The prospect of the joint development being available for Light Reading’s planned test of sub-wavelength grooming switches (see Light Reading Announces Switch Test) was discussed in the presence of a Tellium representative who didn’t deny the existence of the joint project.

If Tellium was developing a sub-wavelength grooming switch it would create quite a stir. Up until now, it’s been something of the odd one out among optical switch manufacturers because its Aurora family of switches handles whole wavelengths. It doesn’t provide a way of packing the wavelengths with smaller connections in the way that sub-wavelength grooming switches do -- something that's become popular with carriers.

When asked about a possible joint project with NEC to develop a sub-wavelength grooming switch, Grace Carr, Tellium’s VP of marketing, chose her words carefully. She told Light Reading "there are no concrete plans" to do this -- which appears to rule out something being on show at Supercomm in a few months' time. She went on to speculate that if NEC was planning to unveil such a switch at Supercomm, then it might be its own development.

Soon afterwards, a spokesperson for NEC left a voice mail message for Light Reading saying there’d been a misunderstanding and that whatever Tellium’s Carr said was the official position.

So, that’s cleared up that little mystery, eh?

— Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading
http://www.lightreading.com For more information on OFC 2002, please visit: www.nottheofc.com

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whatsup
whatsup
12/4/2012 | 10:45:32 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
Can somebody post what are the possible
sub-lambda technologies that are stable
and are useful?
twistedcopper
twistedcopper
12/4/2012 | 10:45:32 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
all i have to say is that all other switching vendors are dust if this rumor is true. with TELM's footprint in oc-48 switching, a grooming switch will wipe ciena, lucent, nortel, etc. off the map. the only thing i don't get is why they would develop a grooming switch if it's not as efficient as their oc-48 switch (i recall reading a press release from TELM on how their oc-48 switch saves carriers zillion more $$$ over grooming switches)? regardless, if TELM is building it, i'm sure it'll be a big seller. rock on TELM!!! TELM to $100!!!!!!!!!!!
-twisted
optigirl
optigirl
12/4/2012 | 10:45:32 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
Tellium's activity in the product space is an indication that they do not have the right product for the market. Now, three years ago they probably expected a critical mass of OC-48s so hence the product strategy and I think that if they are going in a sub-wavelength switch then good for them.

But, market domination based on existing footptint????


Have another brew there buddy........


:)
lightshow
lightshow
12/4/2012 | 10:45:15 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
Not to mention power consumption! Good luck trying to get the stock up to $10, not to mention 100
dietaryfiber
dietaryfiber
12/4/2012 | 10:45:14 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
SONET?

dietary fiber
Buttercup
Buttercup
12/4/2012 | 10:45:14 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
Umm...I think "toeprint" may be the right term here... Let's not kid ourselves here - you can't just develop a grooming switch along with all the software overnight, particularly if you were only a wavelength switch initially.
Litewave
Litewave
12/4/2012 | 10:45:09 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
Sounds to me like NEC let the cat out of the bag prematurely. I can just imagine Harry & Grace fumming.

This news completely shatters Tellium's current marketing stance (not that customers really swallowed it anyway ;-) Boo hoo.
twistedcopper
twistedcopper
12/4/2012 | 10:45:00 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
toeprint??? is that what you call 50% marketshare in switching and 100% of core switching? TELM dominates... dynegy will eat up this new switch... boost that marketshare to 80% and 110%!!! carr is a brilliant strategist-- capture footprint and expand the product line. genius!!!! you suckers will be left behind if you don't get in now!!!
-twisted
twistedcopper
twistedcopper
12/4/2012 | 10:44:58 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
call it what you want, but can you argue with my logic?
-twisted
manoflalambda
manoflalambda
12/4/2012 | 10:44:58 PM
re: Are Tellium and NEC up to Something?
twistedcopper: twistedcopper
toeprint??? .... you suckers will be left behind if you don't get in now!!!


Very Yahoo-message-board eh? :)

Salute,
Manoflalambda
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