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BT signs carrier Ethernet deal with Nortel

Antony Savvas

BT has selected Nortel to supply Carrier Ethernet products for its £10bn 21st Century Network (21CN) project.

The 21CN will be a UK-wide IP-based network that will provide new communications products to businesses and consumers. One small part of the network has already gone live in a village near Cardiff.

Nortel is to provide BT with carrier-scale Ethernet products to transport high-bandwidth services such as mission critical business applications and full-streaming video to users.

Nortel CEO Mike Zafirovski said, “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.”

Carrier Ethernet is more flexible and scalable to use and less expensive than traditional carrier network technology like SDH, ATM and Frame Relay.

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