Equipment vendor Tellabs announced that it has landed a major backhaul contract with Swisscom Mobile that involves the vendor's 8605 pseudowire over Ethernet access gear. The deal has significance to Tellabs' efforts to get in good with European carriers--with the three largest vendors all being based there, one assumes that mid-sized vendors like Tellabs would be easily left out.
Moreover, the deployment will be a significant public demonstration of pseuodwire over Ethernet directly to cell sites as mobile carriers are beginning to look for new backhaul options. Pseudowire technology is important as a backhaul vehicle for the hybrid of TDM and IP network traffic that will co-exist for some time to come.
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