Nortel to Capitalise on Growth in Video Bandwidth

Nortel President and CEO Mike Zafirovski has announced a new business focus on driving market share in super-fast Ethernet networks essential to handling the coming growth of bandwidth-hungry video applications.

Nortel’s strategic initiative – Metro Ethernet Networks – will be led by Philippe Morin as president. This initiative will offer innovative Ethernet portfolios designed to deliver high quality, reliability and security.

“Nortel’s future depends on our continued leadership in innovation and with our new Metro Ethernet Networks we’re bringing our best technologies together, backed by an initial incremental investment in R&D,” said Zafirovski. “In his previous position as general manager, Optical, Philippe grew the business approximately 24 percent last year to US $1.2 billion. I have every confidence he will build on that leadership and momentum through Metro Ethernet Networks.”

“With IPTV, IMS and other applications evolving quickly, service providers will face huge bandwidth challenges across all networks – wireless, wireline and cable. Metro Ethernet Networks is the first step in getting Nortel in front of that curve to win in this critical new space in the market,” said Zafirovski.

Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks business strategy is based on the increasing reliance on Ethernet as the standard protocol for both LAN and WAN communications to break the bandwidth bottleneck between high-speed fibre-optic networks and metro networks serving consumers and business. In addition, Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks will focus on wireless capabilities, using its Metro Ethernet solution to ensure such applications as high-bandwidth video provide real-time speed and quality to mobile devices.

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