Lucent forms strategic alliance with Foundry Networks

Lucent Technologies has teamed up with Foundry Networks to accelerate the development of optical Ethernet metropolitan area networks.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  June 7, 2001

Lucent Technologies has teamed up with Foundry Networks to accelerate the development of optical Ethernet metropolitan area networks. The deal combines Lucent’s Metropolis portfolio metro-optical products and Foundry's end-to-end IP switching and routing kit.

Under the terms of the agreement the two networking vendors will collaborate on interoperability testing, marketing and co-selling to the service provider segment. The alliance aims to construct a flexible architecture leveraging Gigabit Ethernet, the reliability of SDH, the efficiency of DWDM, based around IP to create metro networks that are faster, have greater capacity, and enable service providers to create and provision new, flexible, value-added IP services.

According to a recent research report from Infonetics Research, US/Canada service provider metro network equipment expenditures are predicted to grow 175%, from $6.3 billion to $17.2 billion between 2000 and 2003.

"By working with Lucent to deliver a compelling metro service solution, Foundry Networks is furthering its vision of converging optical transport, Ethernet, and IP technologies into a Global Ethernet solution," said Bobby Johnson, CEO of Foundry Networks.

Brian Dunlap, VP Metro Networks, Lucent Technologies added, "by working to provide seamless integration between our Metropolis products and Foundry's leading-edge Gigabit Ethernet products we can offer our customers solutions that meet their specific metro needs and enable end-to-end networking capabilities for intelligent IP services.”

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