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Tellabs Heads South

3:20 PM -- Here's a tidbit out of Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA): The company tells us its Tellabs 7100 optical platform has won a mobile backhaul contract with South African provider Vodacom Pty. Ltd.

Vodacom will be using the Tellabs 7100 optical platform in the core of its mobile network. The 7100 is suited for the job partly because it got a packet-optical upgrade in 2007, possibly as a means of hanging onto its position in the Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) optical network. (See Tellabs Strengthens Optical Outlook .)

Operators outside the United States have tended to build their own backhaul networks rather than lease lines, says William Kautz, Tellabs' staff manager of global portfolio planning. Vodacom is obviously an example, and the trend doesn't seem likely to change. "I think we're going to see them build more core networks themselves," he says.

Vodacom is a longtime customer of the Tellabs 8600, having deployed the box years ago as part of its transition from 2G to 3G wireless.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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