John Roese, Nortel’s chief technology officer, must have passed his media training with flying colors because he’s everywhere these days. His latest gig is a Q&A with ITBusiness.ca where he explains the reason he joined Nortel after only eight months at his previous job was its scale in six businesses: wireless, wireline, carrier, enterprise, applications and infrastructure. “Those are the characteristics of a next-generation communication provider,” he says. “If you don’t have all six of those, you better find a way to get ‘em, because without them, you are going have a disadvantage in solving problems such as making the extended enterprise work.” It’s an interesting statement because some analysts have criticized Nortel recently for trying to be all things to all people (even after the sale of its UMTS and blade-server units).
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