Infonetics: Nortel takes top optical networking spot

Given all of the troubles Nortel has had over the past year--a tale that saw not only the recent resignation of the CEO meant to turn things around and an ongoing garage sale of its assets--it's a bit ironic that carriers cite the company as their optical vendor of choice. According to Infonetics' Optical Equipment Vendor Ratings: Global Service Provider Survey, which polled leaders at major carriers in EMEA, North America and Asia Pacific, Nortel still leads the 40/100 Gbps optical vendor market. Highlights of Nortel's 100 Gbps drive include a recent trial with Australian incumbent operator Telstra.

Also making the list were ADVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Infinera, Juniper, Mintera, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks and StrataLight/Opnext. Service providers rated eight optical equipment vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, and Tellabs) on eight main attributes: technology, product roadmap, security, management, price-to-performance ration, pricing, financial stability and service and support. One of the highlights of the survey was that carriers rated Huawei third for service and support, which are typically weak areas for the Chinese vendor.    

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