Tellabs Ships Metro Crossconnect
The news is good for Tellabs as it seeks to gain more sales to international carriers and soften its exposure to the beaten down North American telecom equipment market.
The new Tellabs node faces offerings from some established competitors, including Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA), Marconi plc (Nasdaq/London: MONI), and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE). It is the third product in Tellabs' next-generation SDH portfolio. The other two are the 6310, a customer premises device, and the 6340, a larger switching node with 10-Gbit/s crossconnect capacity.
The 6350, however, appears to be a big fish in the pond, boasting some 138 Gbit/s of crossconnect capacity. In other words, two fully loaded 6350 systems -- one European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) rack of equipment -- can handle more than 1 million simultaneous phone calls and Internet sessions, according to Tellabs.
In the fourth quarter of 2002, Tellabs realized 14 percent of its revenues from its new product lines, which include the 6350 and 6340, as well as the 6400, 6500, 7100, and 7200 boxes.
Thomas Gruenwald, senior vice president of operations for Tellabs International, says seven carriers have ordered 30 Tellabs 6350 systems since late November, a start that has even caught Tellabs off-guard.
"The thing about 6350," he says, "is it is a box that has a lot of functionality... and it is incredibly dense. To our surprise, even in this environment, [carriers are] really pulling this into their networks."
— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading