Tellabs Ships Metro Crossconnect

Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA) said this week that it has been shipping its 6350 SDH switch node since late November 2002 (see Tellabs Touts Dense Crossconnect). The 6350, which is meant for carriers outside North America, combines two types of crossconnects to provide carriers with wideband and broadband services.

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
BobbyMax 12/5/2012 | 12:37:17 AM
re: Tellabs Ships Metro Crossconnect This is relatively simple for Tellabs to build digital cross connects for the CWDM environment in the metro networks. Cost is the main issue for a digital cross connect system.
Peter Heywood 12/5/2012 | 12:37:16 AM
re: Tellabs Ships Metro Crossconnect CWDM? Where did that come from?

gea 12/5/2012 | 12:37:13 AM
re: Tellabs Ships Metro Crossconnect Peter Haywood wrote...

"CWDM? Where did that come from?"

Oops. Sorry. Our latest BobbyMax troll beta (v2.3) has a randomizer that makes it appear as if BobbyMax is adding new information. It gets these details by looking at other recent posts, but in this case it appears to have grabbed a reference to 'CWDM' from another of the Lightreading boards.

Again, sorry. We're fixing that hole and will be brining BobbyMax 2.3 back on line very soon. (And we won't bill Lightreading for his services this morning.)

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wild_thang 12/5/2012 | 12:37:02 AM
re: Tellabs Ships Metro Crossconnect You know you really are an idiot.

Have you ever noticed you are about the only person that is routinely and consistently bashed by the rest of this community.

Let me tell it to you straight. Nobody understands much less cares about your opinions. You are usually off topic, out of left field or worse yet: misinformed and incoherent. On top of that your abuse of the English language is a travesty. It makes my eyes bleed to read your posts.

Do us all a favor and shut the hell up.

Do you have a freaking job?! Do your bosses know you feel compelled to respond to every article on LR especially the ones you have no clue about?

I am sure you will respond with your usual drivel (if you bother to respond, I presume you are busy off reading the next article and formulating a mindless response) which always contains references to someone needing to read IEEE or other technical manuals. Let me asure you I read more than enough standards documents and I am an expert in my field. And you will probably make some reference to me needing to attend some community (only you will misspell "commoonity") college. Let me also asure you that my multiple degrees are more than sufficient to battle the likes of you in any subject matter. And further, it's obvious from your unintelligent, grammatically challenged posts that you are the one in need of more education. I am sure you will also respond by calling me "Dr. wild_thang". your same old same old responses are as tiring as your posts to begin with.

Someone who had to vent.
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