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Eventual deployment in North America

The internet may have just started out with text, but bandwidth growth has accelerated in recent years as data intensive applications such as video conferencing, video-on-demand, voice over IP, video streaming, and social networking have become more popular.

"Beyond these drivers, we see other applications coming, such as increased-pixel TV and three-dimensional video, that will continue to push the bandwidth curve, not only in the U.S., but around the world," said Mark Wegleitner, Senior Vice President of Technology at Verizon.

Consumers have readily adopted fiber optic delivery systems for television and internet access. Most of the internet around the world runs on multiple 10Gbps backbones of fiber optic cables. While many carriers would like to increase their capacity, laying more cables is a costly proposition. The Metro Ethernet Networks group of Nortel Networks has been working on the problem, and has developed new equipment that enables 100Gbps speeds with current fiber.

Verizon became the first telecommunications carrier to successfully deploy a commercial ultra-long-haul optical system for live traffic earlier this week. This system was deployed on the company's 893 Km (555 mile) European optical core network between Paris and Frankfurt. This marks the first ever deployment of ultra-long-haul 100Gbps using a single channel on a
production network.

"Nortel is proud to have partnered with Verizon on this industry-first achievement," said Philippe Morin, President of Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel. "The progression to 100G optical speeds is a critical next step for forward-looking service providers like Verizon. Nortel's unique 100G technology makes this evolution one that is painless to deploy while lowering total network costs.

"This latest 100G-first gives Verizon the edge in meeting the growing bandwidth demands of our customers," said Wegleitner. "By consolidating traffic onto one large pipe rather than several smaller ones, customers will benefit from increased network capacity, improved transmission quality and greater network efficiencies."

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RE: coming to US?
By Uncle on 12/18/2009 1:35:21 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't this just wonderful. Nortel gets credit for the technology and our government in Canada has allowed this Company to go into receivership and it is being sold in bits and pieces to the highest bidder as we speak. Oh well we still produce Hockey players for the Americans, we still have some bragging rights.

RE: coming to US?
By Iaiken on 12/18/2009 2:47:16 PM , Rating: 3
Nortel SHOULD go into insolvency.

Their technical abilities will live on as other companies who are less willing to defraud their shareholders cannibalize them.

To top it all off, the employees whose only mistakes were working at Nortel and exercising stock options not only face loss of employment, but loss of their RRSP, pension AND a huge tax bill from the government. This despicable recipe caused by over-inflation of the stock through book cooking and flaws in the tax system is set to result in the the personal insolvency of unto 30,000 employees and retirees.

The governments of Ontario and B.C. should be taking notes of Quebecs recent actions to shore up and take over the management in trust of the Nortel pensions with money from the seemingly inevitable liquidation. Both provinces pension and benefits acts have had the legal mechanisms to do so for over 20 years, but have yet to actually use them.

In the end, the country will be better served by aiding these pensioners and pension contributors than by aiding Nortel's creditors. To not do so will result in some 30,000-40,000 personal insolvencies which would have a severely negative impact on the economy for decades.

Good riddance to a company that has been a black spot on our business culture for over a decade.

RE: coming to US?
By Uncle on 12/18/2009 8:26:21 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I wasn't sarcastic enough. Have to agree with you.

RE: coming to US?
By Uncle on 12/19/2009 12:53:41 PM , Rating: 1
Actually it should be goodbye to the assholes who ran the company to the ground. Their sole intention was to get rich on the backs of the workers. I wish we had a constitution that would allow us to bear arms and get rid of tyranny as Thomas Jefferson so eloquently put it.

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