Lucent wins $200m contract to expand Sprint network

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Lucent Technologies has won a contract worth up to $200 million to expand Sprint’s the Internet access network and IP services.

“More and more, businesses are exploring how the Internet can improve their ability to communicate with a mobile or remote workforce utilizing Internet VPN solutions,” said Don Hallacy, president of Sprint.

Lucent will supply its new APX 8000 Multiservice Access Switch, NavisAccess network management software and NetworkCare Professional Services. Sprint also will use Lucent’s Softswitch Internet Call Diversion to route data traffic away from its voice network to prevent congestion and to give its customers faster, easier access to the Internet.

“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to provide the technology and support to help Sprint expand its multi-service market reach and deliver compelling new services,” said Vince Molinaro, Lucent vice president.

The APX 8000 currently has 2,688 ports per chassis – more than twice the density of any other available product – enabling Sprint to provide more services to more customers while saving network space and resources.

NavisAccess network management software will enable Sprint to provide Internet access and IP services to its own customers or resell extra port capacity to other ISPs, a practice known as port wholesaling.

Lucent, headquartered in Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA, designs and delivers the systems, software, silicon and services for next-generation communications networks for service providers and enterprises. Backed by Bell Labs, Lucent focuses on high-growth areas such as broadband and mobile Internet infrastructure; communications software; communications semiconductors and optoelectronics; web-based enterprise solutions that link private and public networks; and professional network design and consulting services.

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