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Nokia targets webscale giants as it starts to ship its petabit-class router

Nokia is starting to ship one of the flagship products in its bid to extend its customer base beyond MNOs – petabit routers based on its new FP4 processor. First announced in June, the chip and the 7950 line of routers it enables are targeted squarely at webscale cloud companies, pushing the successful IP business which Nokia acquired with Alcatel-Lucent beyond its telco comfort zone. The Finnish firm said it was shipping small volumes to select customers at the end of last year and general availability will start in 2018. As well as the new “petabit-class” 7950, Nokia will use the FP4 in its existing flagship series, the 7750, which was the fruits of ALU’s acquisition of start-up TiMetra. While…

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