Alcatel as Peering and MSE(PE)

Dan Snyder sliplever at
Tue May 5 10:22:35 CDT 2009

We have 42 Alcatel 7x50's deployed currently that are being used as P and PE
devices on our network.  We have been very happy with them.  We are using
them to offer both VPLS and VPRN service.  If you have any specific
questions about what we have seen let me know.


On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Mauritz Lewies <mauritz at> wrote:

> Hi
> I'm based in Africa and involved in SP/Telco consulting and deployments.
> We have a customer that has chosen Alcatel (political choice) as their
> Layer-3 core devices for P, MSE, BGP Route Servers and Peering/Transit
> devices.
> All based on the Alcatel 7750 chassis.
> Unfortunately Alcatel is not very widely used in Africa on layer-3 (But
> as transmission and Layer-2 kit they are widely deployed) and so we have
> very little experience with them at this layer.
> What is the general consensus of them in these layers of the network and
> can anyone point out some strong points/short falls?
> We've mostly worked on Juniper/Cisco and a little experience on Redback
> so I can not comment much on the Alcatel layer-3 kit and need some
> advise on the true technical abilities of the kit. (ie non vendor
> marketing or competitor shoot down information)
> Thanks,
> Mauritz Lewies

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