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Network World - The full impact of Nortel's bankrupcy may not be measured just yet. Yet the industry goes on. Avaya in particular is faced with the daunting task of keeping its own customers happy but also transitioning its newly acquired Nortel base. Here's a look at the stories around this major shift.
Avaya recently introduced a new version of the company's flagship communications solution targeted to small and midsize enterprises. The Avaya IP Office 6.0 release is designed to be an easier and a more affordable unified communications system for businesses with fewer than 20 employees.
Avaya has laid out a road map that shows how its customers – in particular its newly minted Nortel customers -- can move to unified communications technologies without ripping out existing gear.
For better or worse, Nortel as we know it is coming to an end. The sad demise comes in spite of a history of ups and downs.
The company offers a dizzying array of UC products that enterprises can piece together to craft customized systems grounded in the company's long, solid telephony history. That said, integrating all the pieces together takes a lot of effort and may require a great deal of assistance from Avaya and its resellers.
2010 should be a watershed year for Avaya, which has been reinventing itself for the past three years and is just about to take on the challenge of acquiring and integrating the enterprise assets of Nortel.
Analysts are mixed on whether Nortel will survive in some form or die off, becoming a distant memory of a bygone era and century.
Since last January, the company has sold its CDMA division to Ericsson for $1.13 billion; sold its enterprise division to Avaya for $915 million; sold its core packet network business to Hitachi for $10 million; and is in the process of auctioning off its carrier VoIP gear with an initial bid of $282 million.
Nortel may be bankrupt but that doesn't mean it has no value. Take, for instance, the company's Metro Ethernet Networks unit that Ciena is looking to buy for more than $500 million. Metro Ethernet Networks, which generated $1.36 billion in revenue for Nortel in 2008, has deployed an estimated 430,000 optical nodes to customers in 65 countries.
Even after it buys Nortel, Avaya won't dominate Cisco in the battle for business-communications customers, according to a new study. IntelliCom Analytics says that in the third quarter of this year, Cisco scored No. 1 in sales of business communications gear, outstripping No.2 two Avaya and No.3 Nortel's revenues combined.
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