Rumor: Tellabs Masters Its Domain at AT&T

Juniper is partnering with Tellabs in AT&T. But what will Tellabs stay in backhaul or move to the EPC?

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

July 29, 2010

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Rumor: Tellabs Masters Its Domain at AT&T

As you learned here and here, but not here and here, Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) joined Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) as domain suppliers to AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) for its Internet Protocol (IP)/Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) needs.

Now we have another bit to add to that picture. "Tellabs is partnering with Juniper in the AT&T domain," says George Stenitzer, Tellabs' VP of corporate and marketing communications. "That's all I can say."

When the Juniper domain win was made public, AT&T also said AlcaLu had been chosen to supply equipment and professional services for the mobile backhaul network. That looked to give Tellabs fits because it has been Ma Bell's incumbent backhaul supplier.

Now it seems reasonable to assume that Tellabs is still part of AT&T's backhaul plans as Juniper is bringing the vendor in as its domain supplier partner. But, to be clear, we haven't confirmed that.

Something else we haven't confirmed: What extent will the Tellabs WiChorus acquisition have a chance to play for AT&T's Evolved Packet Core needs? Indeed, this development could indicate that Alcatel-Lucent will have another competitor to contend with on that front as well.

— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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