Here’s a concept that I’ve been trying to get my head around recently: what’s Nortel all about these days? Before anyone goes “huh?”, what I mean is what’s Nortel raison d’etre? When you think of Nortel, you think of what? For example, Ericsson is all about wireless communications; Cisco is about routers, switches and, increasingly, home networking equipment; Nokia and Motorola are about handsets. So what’s Nortel about these days? Is it VoIP? Is it IP-TV? Is it Wi-Max? Is it CDMA? Is it enterprise? Is Nortel still trying to be all things to all people?
I’m sure Nortel CEO Mike Zafirovski has a clear idea about how he wants to position the company within the telecom landscape but even after 18 months at the helm, Nortel still lacks identity. “We are Nortel, we’re good at xxxx!” I wonder if this is an issue for customers, particularly customers looking for to buy next-generation equipment such as Wi-Max or IP-TV? If anyone provide a definitive definition of the new Nortel, bring it on.