Nortel Networks, formerly known as Northern Telecom and commonly referred to simply as Nortel was a telecommunications equipment manufacturer with headquarters in Canada. In June 2009, already undergoing bankruptcy restructuring, the company announced that it will close its operations. Parts of its formidable research and development, manufacturing and marketing operations spanning most of the telecommunications industry have been purchased by rivals Avaya, Ciena Corp., Ericsson, Hitachi and Genband.
Nortel's history started in 1882 as the Canadian manufacturing branch of the Bell Telephone Company. In 1895 it has become an independent company named Northern Electric. During its more than 110 years of operation Nortel has expanded into more than 100 countries worldwide and at its height employed 95,000 people worldwide and 26,000 people in Canada alone.
Nortel Networks' product lines included such popular telephone systems as DMS (Digital Multiplex System) carrier scale switch, Meridian large enterprise-scale PBX, Norstar small and medium size PBX and its latest VoIP CS-series (Communications Server) systems. Nortel had also produced the popular Baystack Ethernet Routing Switches.
Nortel equipment, now under different brand names, is a very popular discussion topic on telecommunications sites like Telecom Gear and All About Nortel blog.
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