Is Avaya about to distance itself from Cisco?

Reported Nortel buy could boost telephony share by 10 points

According to Canada's Globe and Mail, Avaya is set to snap up Nortel's enterprise business for $500 million. The deal would give Avaya 10 additional percentage points in revenue share in enterprise telephony, according to 1Q data from Dell'Oro Group.

That would give it a double digital percentage lead over Cisco as well -- leader Avaya had 16.6% of the $16 billion market in 2008 to runner up Cisco's 14%, according to Dell'Oro. Nortel came in 4th, with 9.6%, trailing Siemens at 11.4%.

Might Cisco swoop in on Nortel for a grab at leadership share? Why wouldn't they if it meant leapfrogging Avaya vs. falling farther behind at No. 2 -- and less that 3 percentage points from No. 3? 

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