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Oct 15 2009   4:09PM GMT

Alcatel-Lucent ranks high in optical survey; Huawei and Nortel make surprising showings

Kate Gerwig Kate Gerwig Profile: Kate Gerwig

Alcatel-Lucent may be the leader in the optical equipment market, according to a new Infonetics Research optical equipment survey, but its pricing is a bit much for the service provider purchasing decision-makers asked for their opinions.

Representing major market change, Huawei stood out in open-ended questions about leading optical equipment vendors in the Optical Equipment Vendor Ratings: Global Service Provider Survey. Andrew Schmitt, directing analyst for optical at Infonetics, was surprising because most of the carriers interviewed are based in North America and EMEA where Huawei has little presence, he said. Huawei kept packing on surprises, particularly by receiving the third-highest average rating for service and support, which Schmitt said is usually Huawei’s weakness.

Then in the ironic results category, Nortel came out as the top vendor in an open-ended question about 40G and 100G technology leaders – which will benefit Ciena or a vendor to be named later that wins Nortel’s optical equipment division.

The survey asked service providers which of eight optical equipment vendors they have installed and which ones they are evaluating for future purchases, which they consider the top optical equipment vendors, which they consider leaders in 40G and 100G technology, and their familiarity with and ratings of optical equipment vendors.

The usual suspects included in the survey included Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens, Nortel and Tellabs. They were ranked on technology, product roadmap, security, management, price-to-performance ratio, pricing, financial stability, and service and support.

Other vendors recognized on the open-ended 40G and 100G technology list include ADVA, Infinera, Mintera, NEC and StrataLight/Opnext.

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