California State University selects Alcatel-Lucent to provide IT network

Telecom Lead America: California State University (CSU) has selected Alcatel-Lucent to provide the IT network.

The leading university in America is looking at transforming its information infrastructure used by almost 430,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff in 23 campuses.

Supporting its Access to Excellence plan, CSU campuses will operate on the same standardized local area network equipment from Alcatel-Lucent for the next eight years.

Alcatel-Lucent will enable CSU to migrate to a new high-speed network enabling the university to add cloud computing technology in the future, serving its communities efficiently and at lower costs.

CSU will have standards compliance-based networking and features to meet specific educational and business requirements, along with security, availability, and performance.

“CSU’s IT network project is a long-term investment strategy, not just a reaction to current budget issues. Alcatel-Lucent equipment provides a simple yet flexible and eco-friendly design using a small number of platforms in diverse roles to maximize best practices across our campuses,” said Michel Davidoff, director Cyberinfrastructure CSU.

CSU is expected to gain significant operational efficiencies. The university will provide more advanced services in the future with minimal investment, such as linking kiosk technology or security.

Along with cost avoidance of equipment spending, CSU expects to experience ‘green’ savings in the range of millions of dollars over the eight-year agreement by deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s energy-efficient OmniSwitch product line.

It is anticipated that four campuses will be completely upgraded to Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch products over the next year. The overall project is estimated to be worth $22 million over the next eight years.

According to a recent news report in, Alcatel-Lucent, a provider of telecom and networking technologies, has unveiled a new network monitoring solution from Bell Labs. The new network monitoring solution uses a technique called Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (OTDR). It is designed to save service providers time and cost in maintaining their fiber-optic broadband access networks.

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