Nortel's MEN leader Morin plans to stay with Ciena

Ciena's acquisition of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) division may be still working its way through final regulatory approvals, but it appears that the division's president Philippe Morin wants to stick around when the acquisition is finalized.

In an interview with LightReading, Morin said that his intention is to play a role in the new company. "What I can tell you is that the intent for me is to go along with the team," he said.

At this point, however, Ciena has not revealed what its plans are when it swallows up MEN and what role Morin will play in that transition when the deal closes next quarter.

If anything, two positive things have come out of this process. Not only has Nortel finally found a new home for MEN, but its 100 Gbps technology was validated by Verizon who is deploying the technology on a long haul optical route between Paris and Frankfurt, Germany. Verizon's validation of the 100 Gbps technology comes at a time when Nortel has reportedly lost a number of optical and Ethernet customers.

For more:
- LightReading has this article

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