Alcatel-Lucent has unlocked the potential for radical new Internet applications and services with a technology hailed as the key to greater capacity, faster connections and reduced congestion on the Web.

Alcatel-Lucent has unveiled a next-generation chip that will dramatically enhance the infrastructure needed to access rich new online services, from broadcast-quality high-definition video conferencing to applications in the business and professional world.
The new "FP3" chip will eliminate the bottlenecks preventing such services from taking off today, widening the Internet’s digital highways while enabling dramatically higher data speeds and improving traffic flow. At the same time, the chip will lower the energy consumption of networks, requiring up to 50% less power than equivalent chips in use today.
Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent's CEO, says: “This is the key to unlock a new world of online communications. It’s easy to think the Internet of today does all it will ever be capable of, but we have scarcely scratched the surface of its potential. This chip creates tremendous potential, not just in terms of technology, but in terms of how people connect and interact with each other.”
“Alcatel-Lucent is broadening the possibilities, the value and the efficiency of what can be delivered over the Internet. We have taken a major step forward in the ability of service providers to deliver exciting and compelling applications for use by consumers and professionals alike,” adds Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP division, which developed the chip.
Major telecom operators, including BT, NTT and Verizon welcomed Alcatel-Lucent’s announcement and its potential to enable faster, smarter and greener networks and applications.
Karl Penaluna, president of global networks and computing infrastructure at BT, says: “We see no end to our customers’ insatiable demand for bandwidth, especially on our Ethernet platform. As cloud-based services emerge and rich multimedia services proliferate, this type of technology can help us provide the best quality of service at even higher speeds.”
“We look forward to the new functions and increased performance of Alcatel-Lucent’s FP3 silicon technology. This next generation network processor will enable rich, market leading service innovation at the network edge,” says Masato Minamisawa, VP of IP technology in the business network services department of NTT Communications.
“Verizon continues to enhance the FiOS and wireless data broadband access capabilities for our customers and we have worked with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy next generation Ethernet and MPLS metro technology," says Ihab Tarazi, VP, global network planning of Verizon.
"In March of this year, Verizon led the industry with a 100G Ethernet field trial based on Alcatel-Lucent’s service router technology with its 100G FP2 silicon engine. We are excited to work with Alcatel-Lucent and continue to push the industry in technological innovation to support the significant growth of access data traffic.”