Records are meant to be broken, but sometimes they're downright shattered. Case in point -- Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, just set a new broadband speed record of 10 gigabits per second using traditional copper telephone lines combined with a prototype technology that's intended to show how existing copper access networks can be used to deliver 1Gbps symmetrical ultra-broadband access services.
Alcatel-Lucent has agreed to cut a check for $137 million to settle charges of paying bribes to foreign government officials to illegally lure business contracts in Latin America and Asia, according to the Associated Press.
The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Alcatel of bribing government officials in Costa Rica, Honduras, Malaysia , nd Taiwan between December 2001 and June 2006. All of the bribery payouts were undocumented or covered up as consulting fees by Alcatel subsidiaries.
"We take responsibility for and regret what happened and have implemented policies and procedures to prevent these violations from happening again," said Steve Reynolds, general counsel for Alcatel.
Upon court approval, Alcatel will pay more than $45 million to settle the SEC's charges, and another $92 million to settle separate criminal charges with the Justice Department.
Tennessee is already home to the Grand Ole Opry, and now it's going to be home to the fastest broadband service for both residential and business customers in the entire United States. It's all thanks to Alcatel-Lucent, which today announced its 1 Gigabit service is now available citywide in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
"Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to providing ultra fast broadband," said Tom Edd Wilson, President and CEO of The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. "By offering the fastest available speeds to a whole community comprising a diverse population living in both urban and rural areas, Chattanooga has become the living laboratory for today's innovations and tomorrow's companies."
The 1Gpbs service is 10 times faster and 10 years ahead of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, which calls for 100Mbps (how quaint) speeds for 260 million homes by 2020. It's also 200 times faster than the current national download speed average.
Speeds this fast don't come cheap, however. Pricing starts at $350/month for the new 1Gbps speed tier, with discounted options available for TV and/or phone service bundles.
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Fiber optics is the wave of the future, but don't go putting copper-based DSL on life support just yet. Alcatel-Lucent says its research arm, Bell Labs, has managed to push downstream speeds to around 300Mbps over a distance of 400 meters, or 100Mbps over a distance of 1 kilometer. It was able to do this with a new technology called DSL Phantom Mode.
"At its core, DSL Phantom Mode involves the creation of a virtual or 'phantom' channel that supplements the two physical wires that are the standard configuration for copper transmission lines," Alcatel-Lucent said. "Bell Labs’ innovation and the source of DSL Phantom Mode’s dramatic increase in transmission capacity lies in its application of analogue phantom mode technology in combination with industry-standard techniques: vectoring that eliminates interference or 'crosstalk' between copper wires, and bonding that makes it possible to take individual lines and aggregate them."
This could be a huge development for companies like AT&T, which are entrenched in copper. At the same time, other companies, like Qwest, would need to install new equipment in the central office and in consumer homes.
Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday unveiled a pair of new IP routers the firm says are designed to give service provides a cost-effective alternative for "offering smaller communities the same advanced mobile, residential, and business services" that are currently employed in larger metropolitan areas.
The new units include the three-slot, 5RU 7750 SR-c12, and one-slot, 3RU 7750 SR-c4. Both serve up 90Gbps of forwarding capacity and can support edge routing interface speeds from T-1 to 10G Ethernet. Alcatel-Lucent also noted that both run under the same operating system as the company's entire Service Router family.
"With these additions, Alcatel-Lucent is effectively extending a proven, feature-rich platform to address new market opportunities where they need the capacity and capability, but at more cost-effective price points," said Glen Hunt, principal analyst, Carrier Infrastructure, Current Analysis. "The elegant integration with the existing portfolio -- especially with a single operating system from end-to-end -- makes it attractive to operators who are looking to deliver full featured, high performance services from their smaller or more remote points of presence in order to drive new revenues."
Other features include native IPv6 support, non-stop routing, non-stop services, Multi-Chassis-LAG, and support for a range of legacy and Ethernet and interface types.
The SRu 7750 SR-c12 and SR-c4 are available now, although Alcatel-Lucent didn't say for how much.