The expansion of Nortel’s SMB portfolio will focus on wireless LAN, Ethernet switching, security and converged voice and data to the SMB market. The portfolio will be available in August 2006 and consists of four new products that Nortel says will address the unique requirements, challenges and budgets of smaller businesses.
According to a recent Nortel survey of more than 1,000 SMBs, data networking, wireless LAN and security software and devices are the top three technologies they are most likely to purchase in 2006.
Nortel’s SMB portfolio of products and enhancements includes: Business Ethernet Switch 100 Family to provide desktop connectivity and support power for devices such as IP phones and wireless access points, reducing wiring requirements and costs; Business Secure Router 222, which delivers connectivity to the Internet or IP networks and enables flexibility and secure connectivity; Business Access Point 120, which supports secure wireless data and voice connectivity and Business Element Manager, which provides a consistent network management interface across the SMB portfolio.
The suite also includes enhancements to Nortel’s Business Communication Manager suite, designed to deliver network management and ad-hoc conferencing for up to 40 participants, expanded IP set support, enhanced security and voice-enabled WAN support.