With the current world semiconductor shortage, along with Covid and various other factors, lead times for Cisco switches are currently extremely lengthy, and with the world’s largest networking vendor announcing last quarter that it has back orders totalling an all-time high $15.9 billion things aren’t likely to get better soon. Indeed, Cisco recently admitted in a letter to its customers and partners that lead times could be up to 36 weeks on some products.

Like Cisco and HP, Arista and Juniper recently announced price rises, as well as lead times for some components of up to 80 weeks. With these backlogs and delays, we are seeing IT networking projects stalling, costing systems integrators business. If you can’t wait over a year for switches, APs and other networking kit, maybe you should consider an alternative.

What Are The Alternatives?

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise networking solutions offer market-leading performance and security, at a lower cost than other leading networking vendors. This means lower costs for end-users, and bigger margins for resellers.

ALE’s competitive pricing and low TCO for market-leading technical features and product quality, should be interesting for UK organisations facing budget constraints this year, and into the future. ALE have extensive case studies in government, healthcare, education, and enterprise, and lead times for their most common switch types currently stand at around 2-6 weeks from the manufacturer. In addition to this, at Sol Distribution, we hold stock of many of them, making them available for next day shipping.

Sol Distribution have worked with ALE and some of the best-known systems integrators in the UK to fulfil large and ongoing projects in in the public sector such as the recent project to help the Scottish Government centralise and secure their network.

We Will Train Your Engineers

We recognise that taking on a new networking vendor can be difficult, that’s why we are offering to train your engineers to Alcatel Certified Field Engineer (ACFE) level for qualifying projects. In addition to this we offer a test program to allow customers to try before you buy. We encourage potential partners to test ALE networking equipment against their current vendors’ kit, as we are confident that the ALE units will out-perform the competition.

So if you would like a comparative quote, or a technical consultation with one of our Alcatel Certified engineers, please contact us by clicking the button below, or ring us on +44 (0) 1691 680 830.


Cisco thinks you’re happy to wait ages for new kit, then pay premium prices.

Cisco Letter to Customers & Partners about Global Semiconductor Supply Constraints.

Arista and Juniper hike prices as component lead times blow out to 80 weeks – that’s May 2023.

Sol Distribution and partners help the Scottish Government centralise and secure their network.

Main Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexals.

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