Packet core

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

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