Nortel Gets into BT’s 21CN

After being unceremoniously shut out of BT’s $19-billion, next-generation network contract, Nortel has squeezed its way back into the game after BT has selected Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 and Metro Ethernet Services Unit 1850 for the Ethernet component of its 21CN. (Siemens also got part of the Provider Transport Backbone business) “Today’s announcement marks a significant industry turning point,” said Mike Zafirovski, Nortel’s president and chief executive officer, who’s clearly relieved Nortel is back in the BT game. “BT is using Ethernet technology in a completely new way to provide an answer to the challenge of simplifying network management, redefining service quality and reducing costs.” For more details, check out LightReading.

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