furious_george 12/5/2012 | 5:31:57 PM
re: AlcaLu Claims 400G Is Hot

The article states: "Two customers are even signing memorandums of understanding with AlcaLu to make sure they're the first in their regions to deploy 400Gbit/s, Bucci said. They want to make sure they have bragging rights"

I presume part of the terms of such an MOU is some cash or promise of revenue flowing ALU's way.  What I would like to understand is what motivates carriers to sign up for this?  End consumers don't look at whether ATT or VZ was the first to deploy a data rate.  Does it provide some advantage in peering agreements?  Or does it confer some other advantage?  I know this practice happens, so I'm not questioning the veracity; I just don't understand the motivation.


More curious rather than furious today

desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 5:31:56 PM
re: AlcaLu Claims 400G Is Hot

Hmmm Craig, did AL call you Betty? :-)


ThurstonHowell3rd 12/5/2012 | 5:31:56 PM
re: AlcaLu Claims 400G Is Hot

I don't follow the line that Huawei, ALU and Ciena are following the same methodology.  Is the 400G support actually four (4) 100G streams over a 400G common carrier?

I would be much more interested in a concatenated 400G interface - Thurston LOVE's the law of large numbers...

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:31:56 PM
re: AlcaLu Claims 400G Is Hot

But we *do* shorten Hewlett-Packard's name, as does every other publication on the planet.

AlcaLu has a long name, in case you haven't noticed.  Longer than Ciena. Longer than Cisco. We shorten it in headlines and on second reference in a story. 

It's always baffled me that anyone finds that disrespectful. If we were to have gone for calling them "AL" -- now *that* would be "cutesy." Imagine the fun we'd have had with that.

OldVet 12/5/2012 | 5:31:56 PM
re: AlcaLu Claims 400G Is Hot

May be a minor point but why does Light Reading insist on using "AlcaLu" instead of the company's full name "Alcatel-Lucent" in the headlines and body of every article I have ever read.  Trying to be "cutsie"?  Is it an attempt to minimize the company?  Every time you do that, it makes many view your publication as no more than an entertainment industry rag.  You don't do that to Cisco, Ciena, Hewlett-Packard or any of the rest.  Show some respect.  Just because the company leadership decided to adopt the business model of a failed company (Lucent) and has gone downhill ever since, it doesn't mean the rest of the workforce isn't trying to make it work.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:31:47 PM
re: AlcaLu Claims 400G Is Hot

Well, he certainly could. He's my long-lost pal.

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