Lucent, Nortel make deals overseas

Lucent Technologies Inc. and Nortel Networks Corp. both announced overseas contracts this week.

Lucent announced both an optical networking deal with British Telecommunications PLC (BT) and a pact to provide a Slovakian network provider with metro gear, while Nortel said it is providing radio access equipment to Telefonica Moviles SA in Spain and Germany.

Lucent said it is working on implementing an optical network for BT. The entire implementation, expected to take five years, stretches across the South of England and connects to a transatlantic sub-sea cable network built by the TAT-14 Consortium.

The consortium network connects the U.S. to Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.

BT is deploying Lucent's WaveStar Bandwidth Manager, WaveStar OLS 400G and WaveStar TDM 10G systems. WaveStar Bandwidth Manager provides multiplexing, grooming and bandwidth management capabilities for BT's transport network.

The OLS 400G system has a capacity of 400G bit/sec and can be upgraded to a 1.6 terabit/sec system. The TDM 10G transmits information across the sub-sea network on a single wavelength at 10G bit/sec. It also has a self-healing ring architecture that automatically re-routes traffic in the event of a failure.

Under terms of the agreement, Lucent was unable to disclose the value of the BT contract.

Lucent also said it will provide Slovakian service provider Slovenske Telekomunikacie with metro optical network equipment in a two-year contract valued at about $4.81 million. Lucent will install its Metropolis Enhanced Optical Networking (EON) dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) product line in order to help Slovenske offer new data services and increase network capacity.

Metropolis EON is designed to transmit data at rates of up to 10G bit/sec over a distance of 600 kilometers. Transmission can occur on 32 channels.

The first stage of the deployment is planned to begin at the end of March near the Western and Central parts of Slovakia. The second stage is slated to begin at the end of this year or the early part of next year.

Nortel, meanwhile, announced that it will supply radio access equipment to Telefonica Moviles for the build out of that company's 3G networks in Spain and Germany. The three-year contract, still subject to definitive agreements, is valued at an estimated $230 million and is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2002.

Nortel will be provide its Internet Base Transceiver Station in Spain and its UTRAN radio access solution in Germany. Nortel has already supplied Telefonica Moviles with a nationwide ATM packet network to enable the transition from circuit- to packet-based switching that is necessary for the support of General Packet Radio Service and 3G Universal Mobile Telecommunications System services.

Telefonica Moviles also operates in Germany through a subsidiary.