Nortel Back in the Access Game?

In what was one of many unwise moves, Nortel got out of the high-speed access business in 2001 – just when the broadband market was poised to take off. However, according to TD Newcrest analyst Chris Umiastowski, Nortel is looking to get back into the access market using gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) technology. Umiastowski believes Nortel’s window of opportunity is the fiber-to-the-home market (FTTH) that is just emerging as carriers such as Verizon look for technology that will give them a huge pipe into households. Nortel recently responded to a joint RFP issued by Verizon, BellSouth and SBC. The competition includes Tellabs, Motorola, Lucent and Alcatel.
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