updated 03:10 pm EDT, Tue March 11, 2008
Nortel 4x bandwidth tech
Canada's Nortel is deploying a new network technology, one which it claims will at least quadruple the current bandwidth of most telecom companies. Reuters notes that while most companies are able to handle 10Gbps on their networks -- enough for 1,000 HDTV channels -- Nortel's new optical scheme supports as much as 40Gbps, without dramatic upgrades to a network. With enough investment, Nortel suggests, companies may be able to boost throughput to 100Gbps.
Installation deals have already been signed with Denmark's TDC, and Neos Networks in the United Kingdom. Trials are said to be taking place with other companies across the globe, but any in Canada or the US that might exist have not been officially revealed.
Nortel may be in serious need of the income from its updated technology. The company recently fired some 2,100 people in North America, and moved a separate 1,000 positions to Third World countries such as China and India.