Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal

Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU) announced today that it has sealed the deal with Global Crossing Ltd. (NYSE: GX) to deliver millions of dollars worth of its LambdaRouter all-optical switches. Global Crossing, Lucent’s first LambdaRouter customer since the product was announced in late 1999, will use the equipment to build a transatlantic optical network (see Lucent Ships Lambda Routers).

The LambdaRouter switches optical channels between different optical fibers without converting them to electrical signals. Lucent says its product can move up to 10 terabits of information per second.

Last month Light Reading reported that Lucent was close to finalizing its contract with Global Crossing (see Lucent Getting Lucky Abroad? ).

On the competitive front, Lucent’s Global Crossing contract is indeed a big deal. Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT), has announced product trials but has no carrier contracts for its OPTera Connect PX, a switch that competes with the LambdaRouter (see Nortel 's All-Optical Switch is in Trials). Last month, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) officially killed its competitive product, the ONS 15900 Wavelength Router (see Cisco Kills Monterey Router).

Corvis, another competitor, announced that Broadwing Communications Inc. (NYSE: BRW) took delivery of its optical switch in October 2000. A recent note by the analysts at CIBC World Markets reported that Broadwing’s network “currently has more than 5 [Corvis optical] switches deployed and carrying live traffic." (See Parmelee's Patient With Corvis.)

Lucent would not say how much money is being spent on its gear, nor would it discuss how many units were being purchased. Lucent says it plans to begin installing the systems this month, with completion scheduled for the third quarter of this year.

"This is a big deal," says Gary Austin, Lucent’s general manager of its all-optical switching systems. "We needed some momentum in the switching space, especially all-optical switching, and this certainly helps."

Lucent’s LambdaRouter is also in trials with five other carriers at the moment, including two carriers in Europe, two carriers in the U.S., and one in Asia, according to souces.

Global Crossing and Corvis did not return calls before press time.

- Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading
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Physical_Layer 12/4/2012 | 8:25:47 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal Just looking for thoughts on who fabs their MEMS? In-house?, external? More than one supplier? Packaging? Testing? Who will benefit from this lower on the food chain?
ATMfrIP 12/4/2012 | 8:25:45 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal So is the much maligned Lucent's ONG back in business... after over a year in the wilderness...

SlapHappy 12/4/2012 | 8:25:42 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal I am pretty sure Bell Labs "grows" their own MEMS. But Ill bet Agere ends up with it later on but I cant confirm that.
flanker 12/4/2012 | 8:25:37 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal

Ahhh, yes, the imaginary rambda louter...
with waverength convulsion.
johnjohn 12/4/2012 | 8:25:36 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal We're back in the game folks!
Peter Heywood 12/4/2012 | 8:25:35 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal On who makes the LambdaRouter's MEMS...I asked Agere this question a couple of months ago and was told that it made its own MEMS structures.

A year ago, I was told by an anonymous source outside Lucent that Lucent was abandonning its method of making MEMS, using surface micro-machining and silicon and metal oxide, in favor of bulk machining and silicon-on-insulator...using a foundry, BCO Technologies, which was acquired by Analog Devices last summer.

Take a look at:





gladysnight 12/4/2012 | 8:25:35 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal johnjohn

I wish you all the best. I think LU could be a great company. (I almost said again, but I don't actually believe that during the post divestment era we've seen much greatness from LU, more a case of some great people, some great technology, and a lot of leverage.)

Although it's a good vote of confidence, one product sale will not save LU. It needs a coherent and cohesive strategy that addresses its target SP market in depth and breadth, and it needs ruthlessly efficient execution.

Good LUck
switchrus 12/4/2012 | 8:25:31 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal Two 256 switching arrays...so is this a 256 x 256 lambda array ?

Anyone know technical specs ? Speed ? Insertion loss, phase of the moon ?
manoflalambda 12/4/2012 | 8:25:25 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal Switch, yes. A 3D switch with 2 256 mirror chips facing each other. 2 3D switches in system. Hence 256 customer ports (active and spares).

sandy 12/4/2012 | 8:25:25 PM
re: Lucent Lands LambdaRouter Deal Can anyone shed some light on the technological and target-market differences, if any, between Lucent's WaveStar Lambda-Router and WaveStar OLS platforms and the likely third-party suppliers who would benefit from the roll-outs of both platforms?

Thanks for any reply,
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