Ethernet equipment

AlcaLu Goes Green for Ethernet?

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is preparing to announce a new carrier Ethernet aggregation platform that has been designed to appeal to the growing operator demand for environmentally friendly network infrastructure, according to industry sources found lurking around the show floor at this week's Ethernet Expo in New York. (See Ethernet Expo 2008.)

Those industry sources say AlcaLu is close to unveiling a new Ethernet-centric box that will aggregate traffic from multiple customer premises equipment (CPE) devices, and which will appeal to carriers looking to source network infrastructure that pushes the boundaries in terms of cost, power, and physical space efficiencies.

AlcaLu declined to comment. (Friday is not a good day to get a comment, apparently.)

Green telecom is fast becoming a hot topic, with every vendor in the industry keen to convince the belt-tightening carriers that their systems are the most power efficient and environmentally friendly. (See Telecom's Green Alert.)

Here is just a selection of recent industry announcements that have stressed environmental issues:

  • Ixia Tests Energy Efficiency
  • Juniper Sponsors Green Report
  • BTI Greens Up
  • Linksys Goes Green
  • Extreme Gets Green
  • Redback Goes Green
  • BT Man Heads ITU Green Group

    — Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

    Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Green Telecom: 2008. This one-day conference, designed to offer telecom executives practical strategies to reduce costs related to power, cooling, and energy efficiency, will be staged in Dallas on October 27. For more information, or to register, click here.

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