Spirit deploys Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS core router for faster Internet

Alcatel-Lucent 7950 Extensible Routing System
Telecom network operator Spirit Communications has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s 7950 XRS core router to support data capacity demands by enterprises and government in the southeast United States.

Paris, France-based Alcatel-Lucent said the deployment of 7950 XRS routing system provides the terabyte-speed IP core network to deliver Internet services initially in the cities of Charlotte, NC; Columbia, SC., and across selected areas of the Carolinas and GA.

Alcatel-Lucent said the 7950 XRS can handle multiple terabits of data per second, which is fast enough to forward 10 movies in less than a second.

Alcatel-Lucent’s core router requires only a single watt to switch a gigabit per second worth of traffic and delivering up to 16 terabit per second switching capacity in a single 19” rack. The 7950 XRS supports IP/optical integration capabilities to reduce overhead costs and provide the agility and programmability needed for Software Defined Networking (SDN).

“The high density 10GE XMAs, along with new chipsets supporting 400GE, ensure that Spirit is implementing a solution that is efficient today and scalable well into the future for IP peering applications,” said Larry Sims, EVP Engineering & Operations, Spirit Communications.

The knowledge of SROS from Spirit’s 7750 MPLS core allows the network operator to reduce Opex as it transition its internet core to the 7950 XRS platform.

“At 16 terabit per second switching capacity, Alcatel-Lucent’s 7950 XRS allows Spirit to deliver fast Internet experience to support its growing IP traffic demands while also keeping operational costs low,” said Charles Marsh, president of Americas Sales, Alcatel-Lucent.

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