Organization: Nortel Networks Corp

Nortel buys PEC Solutions for US$448 million

Nortel Networks Corp has acquired Fairfax VA-based PEC Solutions Inc for US$ 448 million, the first major acquisition since the telecom meltdown. PEC will be merged with Nortel Federal Network Solutions to create Nortel PEC Solutions with headquarters in Fairfax. PEC’s executive team will be retained. The purchase is seen as a major boost to…

CANARIE participates in longest 10 Gig transmission

CANARIE’s CA*net 4 network has participated in a project creating the world’s longest 10 Gigabit ethernet circuit stretching from the Univ of Tokyo to CERN in Geneva Switzerland. The interconnecting light path was 18,500 km long and spanned 17 time zones, using equipment from Nortel Networks Corp, Foundry Networks, Cisco Systems and others. The demonstration…

Montreal telecom institute launches R&D consortium

The Montreal-based International Institute of Telecommunications (IIT) has launched a pre-competitive R&D consortium with a target of $50 million over five years. A who’s who of telecom companies have pledged an initial $27 million in the first year, including Nortel Networks Corp, Bell Canada, Ericsson Communications Canada, Hewlett-Packard, EXFO, Rogers Wireless and Microcell Telecommunications Inc.…

Nortel strikes joint R&D deal with France Telecom

Nortel Networks Corp will jointly develop business-focused multimedia services with France Telecom as part of a wide-ranging memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at the convergence of the telecommunication, information technologies and multimedia industries. The purpose of the R&D is to develop services that simplify collaborative work and person-to-person communications. The MOU covers the establishment of…

Nortel Networks’ R&D spending rises in Q4-03

Nortel Networks Corp reports increased R&D spending for Q4 of FY03 but the annual total is not enough to equal its FY02 performance. In Q4/03, R&D expenses were US$523 million due to increased spending on wireless data R&D. That compares to $498 million for Q4/02 and $485 million for Q3/03. The Q4/03 results bring R&D…

Bell, Nortel open optical research centre in Montreal

Bell Canada and Nortel Networks Corp will open their first satellite laboratory in Montreal early next year as part of a new national network of innovation centres focusing on advanced voice and multimedia. The new Optical Innovation Centre in Montreal will work on initiatives that lower deployment costs, improve the speed to market of next…

Nortel boosts Chinese R&D capacity

Nortel Networks Corp has announced a US$200-million investment in its R&D capabilities in China. By the end of 2003, Nortel will double its Chinese R&D workforce and begin construction on a 55,000-sq-m campus in Beijing’s Chao Yang district. The first phase of 27,000-sq-m will be complete in late 2004. Nortel’s R&D activities in China include…

Nortel Networks’ R&D spending decline accelerates

R&D spending at Nortel Networks Corp continues its precipitous plunge with the release of its second quarter financial statements. For the quarter ended June 30, R&D expenses were US $579 million, a drop of 36.4% from the same period last year. For the first six months of 2002, R&D outlays totalled $1.174 billion, down 36.6%…

NCIT announces first fellow under new program

Nortel Networks Corp has provided the first fellow under the new NCIT Fellowship Program of the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications, which is intended to retain highly qualified industry talent in the Ottawa region. Steven McGarry, a 20-year Nortel veteran, will conduct research at Carleton Univ pursuing a tailored industrial research track. NCIT plans to…

Alberta launches SUPERNET broadband initiative

The Alberta government has awarded a $193-million contract to a consortium led by Bell Intrigna to build Alberta SUPERNET, a high-speed broadband network connecting every hospital, school, library and government facility I the province. In a related deal, the Alberta government has also committed to spend $169 million over five years with Bell Intrigna and…