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Tellabs Cures Carrier Ethernet Deployment Concerns
Jun 17, 2008 (10:06 AM EDT)


LAS VEGAS, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NXTcomm08 -- People all over the globe demand instant entertainment, information and communication. Carrier Ethernet, the most reliable form of Ethernet, is a way to bring these services to offices, homes and mobile devices.

Even with strong demand, service providers have some concerns about deploying Carrier Ethernet in wireline and wireless networks. How will they manage, monitor and track performance across networks? To address these concerns, Tellabs enhanced its Tellabs(R) 8800 multiservice router (MSR) series.

Never fear ... performance assurance is here

One concern about deploying Ethernet is how to manage, track and monitor services. The enhancements to the Tellabs 8800 MSR series contain added Ethernet operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning (OAM&P) functionality, so providers can efficiently manage and monitor networks from the network edge all the way to the customer site.

The new features include enhanced support for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.1ag and 802.3ah standards. The enhancements cure concerns about assuring Ethernet services across a network by enabling service providers to:

-- monitor the network's heartbeat across multiple management domains so they can take action before issues arise; -- interoperate with third-party products, so providers have intelligence about the services they deliver over more network elements; -- remotely conduct maintenance and manage links between provider and customer hardware; -- receive alerts if failures occur; -- bundle multiple links between routers into one large link; and -- remotely detect and block loops in the network.

Never in the dark ... about network data

Most business services demand strict service-level requirements. Service providers must be able to assure their customers that they are adhering to service commitments. Depending on a network's size, retrieving and processing all of this data can be daunting.

An enhancement to the granular accounting capability of the Tellabs Data Collection Module (DCM) software provides the monitoring and reporting platform to support these requirements. DCM offers a comprehensive set of historical statistics and accounting detail on the physical and logical resources in the Tellabs 8800 MSR to confirm compliance with service-level agreements. DCM enables users to select and generate reports on specific performance management metrics. These metrics also provide a baseline of network use for ongoing network planning and analysis.

"The new enhancements on the Tellabs 8800 series cure some of the biggest concerns about migrating to carrier Ethernet," said Brian Gawick, vice president and general manager of broadband products for Tellabs. "These enhancements give our customers improved intelligence about their network services, the ability to more accurately manage and monitor their networks and a hearty helping of peace-of-mind."

The enhanced Tellabs 8800 MSR series will be available in the third quarter of 2008.

About Tellabs

Tellabs advances telecommunications networks to meet the evolving needs of users. Solutions from Tellabs enable service providers to deliver high-quality voice, video and data services over wireline and wireless networks around the world. Tellabs http://www.tellabs.com is part of the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Ocean Tomo 300(TM) Patent Index and the S&P 500.

Tellabs(R), and Tellabs logo(R) are trademarks of Tellabs or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Any other company or product names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

CONTACT: media, Ariana Nikitas of Tellabs, +1-630-798-2532, ariana.nikitas@tellabs.com; or Chris Parente, +1-240-485-1082,, for Tellabs; or investors, Tom Scottino ofTellabs, +1-630-798-3602,

Web site: http://www.tellabs.com/