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Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

Remember that Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) announcement, about deploying live 100Gbit/s links in North America for Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)? (See Verizon Readies 100G Launch in US.)

That job might have belonged to Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) at first.

The theory is that AlcaLu actually won the job but lost it by being late to deliver and having "technical issues," analyst Simon Leopold of Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. wrote in a note published Monday.

The problem is likely that Verizon has been using the LambdaXtreme, a piece of gear from the Lucent side of AlcaLu, Heavy Reading analyst Sterling Perrin tells Light Reading in an email.

AlcaLu's 100Gbit/s technology was built for the 1830 PSS, and a port to the LambdaXtreme is apparently still on the to-do list, he speculates. That would have left the door open for Ciena.

That's tough, because Leopold and others see a lot of merit in AlcaLu's 100Gbit/s technology, which uses only one optical carrier whereas Ciena uses two -- that is, Ciena is actually transmitting two 50Gbit/s wavelengths that fit in one spot on the ITU grid. Many analysts think the single-carrier approach is preferable, and Ciena has been working on developing that technology. (See Analyst: AlcaLu's 100G Game-Changer.)

"Alcatel-Lucent is hot on Ciena’s tail when it comes to 100G, but we believe technical issues have allowed Ciena to maintain its lead and gain footprint at Verizon," Leopold wrote.

Ciena was also the chosen vendor when Verizon deployed its first commercial 100Gbit/s connection, that one in Europe. (See Verizon Does 100GigE in Europe and Verizon Deploys 100G Ethernet in Europe.)

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

AntonBerlin 12/5/2012 | 5:08:41 PM
re: Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

A quick search of the terms 'ALU' and 'AlcaLu' shows that the former is preferred and used 193 million times while 'AlcaLu' is used only by rags associated with this publication and only 38,000 times.  It makes you look like stubborn morons that are mad the world didn't accept your lame sixth grade attempt at making up a new buzzword. 

bwolmarans2 12/5/2012 | 5:08:38 PM
re: Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

I suggested "Alcahol" but it didn't take


 

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:08:37 PM
re: Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

Anton:  Doesn't sound like we're the ones who are mad about something here. 


bwolmarans2:  I like the way you think.

digits 12/5/2012 | 5:08:35 PM
re: Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

Wow, AnBe - extra shot in the coffee cup this morning?!!


ALU is bound to be used more as it is the company's ticker symbol. We don't use that form of company name shorthand, otherwise we'd have sentences such as: 


 


ALU, CSCO, ERIC and JNPR are sick of being undercut by vendor financing deals offered by Huawei and 0763.


 


Not pretty.


Neither is AlcaLu but Alcatel-Lucent is far too long, especially for headlines.


Oh, and we are most certainly stubborn. And moronic.  And glad that most others do not use the same abbreviation.


It'll be easier once the vendor drops Lucent from the full name and just goes with Alcatel again...


Ray

James_B_Crawshaw 12/5/2012 | 5:08:34 PM
re: Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

I think to preserve their cultural heritage they should revert to their traditional names:&nbsp;Compagnie G&eacute;n&eacute;rale d'Electricit&eacute; and Western Electric or CGEWE for short.&nbsp;<img alt="Western Electric logo" height="150" src="http://www.porticus.org/bell/images/western_electric_logo.gif" style="vertical-align: bottom;" width="180">

yankee1969 12/5/2012 | 5:07:50 PM
re: Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

It wont happen in our lifetime Ray.&nbsp; Sorry to disappoint you.&nbsp;

rahat.hussain 12/5/2012 | 5:07:40 PM
re: Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

i was in india last week, where one of the telecom carriers called them "aaloo", and then explained that "aaloo" means potato in hindi.


- odo, who now firmly believes that alu is a hot potato.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:07:39 PM
re: Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

yankee1969 says: &gt; It wont happen in our lifetime Ray.&nbsp; Sorry to disappoint you.


They said the same thing about the Red Sox and the World Series... and look what happened. (Twice.)


Then again again, they also said the same thing about the Cubs, and, uh........ yeah. Good ol' Cubs.

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Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:07:38 PM
re: Rumor: AlcaLu's Early 100G Win at Verizon

Odo - Thanks! Key information. Alcatel-Lucent and aaloo will be forever linked in my mind.

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