The future of competing product families from Lucent and Ascend is still hanging in the balance as the two firms evaluate the implications of last week?s merger announcement.
According to Lucent, it will continue to support both companies? offerings, while their respective engineering teams meet to discuss how to merge certain lines together.
Prospective products for merger include remote access offerings from a former Lucent acquisition, Livingston Enterprises, and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) tools from Yurie Systems. A Lucent spokesperson said: "Yurie's access products are offered as the Lucent Packetstar brand, which is a market leader in ATM. If there are any Ascend products that overlap, we will continue to support them and look to merge the capabilities in the future."
A similar fate is likely to befall the remote access products. Ascend markets MaxTNT, while Livingston sells Port Master.
But according to the Lucent spokesperson, there is little overlap. MaxTNT is targeted at large service providers, while Port Master is sold to small and medium sized carriers. "We will support both platforms, but will look towards developing a new platform," he said.
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